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Denim Day: Take Back the Night at Chapel Hill
April 25, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
The Denim Day campaign began 19 years ago on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was started after 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.” Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Since the first march in 1973, Take Back the Night Marches have been organized by groups of women across the country as a way to take direct action against male-pattern violence, specifically sexual violence against women. 98% of rapes and 75% of violent crimes in the United States are committed by men. Many women, if not all, fear walking alone at night and organize their everyday lives in an effort to avoid male-pattern violence. Take Back the Night originated in the 1970s as part of the women’s liberation movement. The 2018 Take Back the Night March in Chapel Hill aims to bring awareness to the issue of male-pattern violence and foster solidarity among women.
We want to combine these historical events of advocacy to promote the need for change in our culture to eradicate sexual violence. On April 25th, a coalition of women and allies will be gathering in the Union plaza to discuss male-pattern violence before beginning our march around campus.
The Denim Day event will take place on April 25, 2018 in The Union Auditorium with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. and start time anticipated for 6:30 p.m.The featured performers for the event are the Raging Grannies, Cadence, Kara Eliza, Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre, and Psalms White with special guest speaker Heather Nash.
Following the event, all students and organizations are invited and encouraged to join us in Take Back the Night March, where we will be marching around campus to take direct action against male-pattern violfreedence, specifically sexual violence against women. The anticipated start time of the march will be 8:00 p.m.