Wednesday April 26 was the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Extravaganza hosted by Wilmington Colleges’ It’s On Us and the Sexual Assault Hotline team. The group hosted a day full of events to promote awareness for sexual assault including denim day, the chalk walk, “Take back the night Rally”, and painting of the rock with a group photo.
This past Wednesday, students may have seen many people on campus wearing denim to represent sexual assault awareness. The Denim Day campaign originated by a ruling in the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, therefore giving consent. Now each year on a Wednesday in April, Denim Day is designated to represent the victims of sexual violence. http://denimdayinfo.org/about/
“Come out and chalk up the sidewalk with anti-sexual assault slogans!” said WC student Jerica on the campus app.
Students and staff were able to gather in front of Hermann Court Wednesday evening for a “Take back the night Rally” where they made signs with slogans and raised awareness by marching across campus from Hermann Court to the rock.
“Come promote sexual [assault] awareness!” – Allyson Schaefer, Hotline Employee
“Come promote sexual [assault] awareness! You have 30 minutes to write on the sidewalk before the rally!” said student Allyson Schaefer as she tried to get students active in the activities for the day.
After the rally students and staff gathered as a team to paint the rock to raise more awareness for not only the college to see but the town as well.
If you are interested in joining the group It’s On Us or are a victim of sexual violence and need someone to talk to please contact Susan Neuhart whom is located in Pyle office #3 and/or Carissa Macella, or contact the sexual assault hotline number at 937.356.9778.