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Denim Day

Denim Day @ Spelman - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, young women between the ages of 16-24 still experience high rates of dating violence and stalking and approximately one in five will be sexually assaulted while in college.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Spelman College students, faculty and staff will stand in solidarity  and wear jeans as a visible sign to end sexual violence.

 

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Schedule of Events  |  Follow #SpelmanDenimDay

   
Sunday, April 19 11:00-1:00 p.m.
Clothing Drive & Box Decoration
Laura Spelman Multipurpose Room

Boxes will be decorated and placed around campus to collect gently worn business and business casual clothing for girls at Wellspring Living For Girls www.wellspringliving.org.
   
Monday, April 20 Counseling Services: Here for You!
The office of counseling services encourages students to know the services provided and use them as needed. Counselors are available for drop-ins all week.

Shoebox Project
Manley Board Room
1:00-5:00 pm
In support of women & children displaced due to sexual and domestic violence, the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development provide students with the opportunity to decorate and prepare donations for the United Way Shoebox Project. Supplies will be provided. www.unitedwayatlanta.org 

youth Spark Sex Trafficking Ambassador Training
Tapley 130
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Project Priceless presents this training led by Jenifer Swain, the End Child Sex Trafficking Program Director at youthSpark. www.youth-spark.org

Tuesday, April 21

Convocation
Sister’s Chapel
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Convocation will be focused on sharing campus resources for students provided by campus professionals from various departments and upper division students. 

Denim Day T-Shirt Exchange
Upper Manley
11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Want a new Denim Day T-shirt? Exchange it! As part of The Shoebox Project, sponsored by The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development, new or gently worn t-shirts can be donated in exchange for a 2015 Spelman Denim Day T-shirt. The donated shirts will be used to carry products to women and families in a local shelter. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.
*Shoebox decoration will take place 1:00-5:00 pm in this location

Purple Pen Workshop 
(Location disclosed to registered students) 
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Stephanie Evans presents the Purple Pen workshop exclusive to survivors of sexual violence. Attendees must be registered in advance to attend and receive location information.  This event is sponsored by The Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development.

Class Discussion
Cosby 103 
3:50 - 6:20 p.m. 

Attend class with Dr. Monica Melton as she leads a discussion on sexual violence in her Comparative Women’s Studies Class, Gender & Health and Cross Cultural Perspectives.

Take Back the Night
Suites Amphitheatre 
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Shatter the silence. Stop the violence. Take back the night! Students from Spelman and other AUC campuses will join together for this event.

Wednesday, April 22 National Denim Day observed on campus 
Wear new Denim Day T-shirts

Screen on the Green Film
Campus Oval 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Film: Ntozake Shange’s  for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1977) will be shown.

Shoebox Project
Manley Board Room
11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
In support of women & children displaced due to sexual and domestic violence, the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development provide students with the opportunity to decorate and prepare donations for the United Way Shoebox Project. Supplies will be provided. www.unitedwayatlanta.org 

Thursday, April 23 Life Beyond Sexual Assault
Laura Spelman Multipurpose Room
11:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Learn for faculty & staff 
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Session for the entire campus community 
Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs.

Shoebox Project
Manley Board Room
11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
In support of women & children displaced due to sexual and domestic violence, the Bonner Office of Community Service and Student Development provide students with the opportunity to decorate and prepare donations for the United Way Shoebox Project. Supplies will be provided. www.unitedwayatlanta.org 

Class Discussion
Giles 321
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Attend class with Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence as she leads a discussion on the impact of cultural values and norms upon legal and social discourse on rape and sexual assault in her Sociology class, Women, Values and Law.

Class Discussion
Cosby 104
2:25 - 3:40 p.m.
Attend class with Dr. Bahati Kuumba as she leads a discussion on women resisting sexual violence in her Comparative Women’s Studies Class, Women and Social Resistance Movements.

Film & Discussion 
Tapley 130
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The Survivor’s Network presents a documentary film, The Hunting Ground (2015), about sexual assault on the college and university campus.

Friday, April 24 Sexual Assault and Awareness Tabling
Lower Manley 
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

During Market Friday, visit tables with information and giveaways regarding sexual violence and assault. Plus, have your photo taken at the “Consent is Sexy” photo booth.

Survivor’s Network Letter Writing Campaign
Lower Manley 
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Visit this table during Market Friday to write inspirational letters & notes or decorate cards to survivors of sexual violence at Spelman College  

Monday, April 27 Survivor’s Network Presents…A Night of Healing
The Women’s Center Conference Room
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
This special event is open to survivors only and invites writers, poets, and spoken word artists to share their stories of survival and healing. Purple Pen workshop attendees are especially encouraged to attend.  

 


MYTHS ABOUT RAPE

Most rapes occur in a dark alley by a stranger

The perpetrator is usually more masculine, bigger, and stronger, while the victim is more feminine, smaller, and weaker.

Women encourage rape by wearing sexy, suggestive clothing.

Sources: Rape Culture 101, National Crime Victimization Survey 2005, “Talking Back, Talking Feminist” by Aaronette White.

FACTS ABOUT RAPE

The majority of rapes are perpetrated by non strangers (73%). Often times, the rapist is a friend (38%), intimate partner (28%) or relative (7%).

Sexual violence is about one person exerting control over another. Rape occurs in same sex and different sex relationships. 1 in 5 women and 1 in 33 men report they have been raped in their lifetime.

Blaming the victim is a harmful way of implying that people provoke or deserve sexual assault. Those who have been raped should not be responsible for the violent sexual impulses of a perpetrator.