Denim Day Raises Awareness: Phi Theta Kappa promotes sexual assault awareness
LBCC’s academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa will be raising awareness for sexual assault by promoting Denim Day on April 25.
“For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by 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, thereby implying consent,” reads denimdayinfo.org, the official website for Denim Day.
Alena Santos, the head of events for Phi Theta Kappa, says that “even Italy’s highest court could not see the truth, this case illustrates the ignorance of the misconceptions of sexual assault. Rape is an act of violence; it takes only one perpetrator and one unwilling victim, nothing else. Rape is sex acts without consent, anything else is a misconception.”
The motive for promoting Denim Day at LB comes after “One of [the] advisors, Emily Dray, brought up the idea of PTK supporting Denim Day.” Santos says. “All of us officers were in agreement because rape will continue to happen every hour of each day all over the world so long that we don’t believe rape survivors.”
2018 is the 19th year the Denim Day organization has got its start in promoting sexual assault awareness and their goal is to ultimately end sexual violence. The organization does so through raising awareness.
“Wear jeans with a purpose, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.” says the letter from the Founder of Denim Day in LA and USA and Executive Director of Peace Over Violence Patricia Giggans.
Below is a list of items Phi Theta Kappa will be accepting for donation:
Soap and body wash
Dental Care Products
Tampons and pads
Paper towels, tissues, and napkins
Plastic bags and wrap
Non-toxic household cleaners
Dishwasher detergent and dish soap
Bath towels and washcloths
Twin sheet sets, pillows, and blankets (XL Twin Only)
40/60 watt light bulbs
Baby and Children
Diapers and baby wipes
Baby shampoo and lotion
Books, puzzles, board games, and toys
Arts and crafts and school supplies
First aid supplies
Journals, stationery, and office supplies
Stamps and forever stamps
Corvallis/ Albany bus tickets and Cherriots bus passes
Women and children’s socks, underwear, and PJs
Flashlights with batteries