Students and faculty will discuss contemporary issues of
rape in the United States. Topics that will be discussed are: the
history of sexual violence in the United States from discovery to
present day; the possibility of a rape culture; false allegation issues;
and the limitation of prevention classes. Other topics like the
low-reported incidents of rape in LGBT relationships and among males
will be discussed as well. Discussions will be led by Dr. Jennifer Disney, a
political science professor, and Carrie Morphis, the Victim Services Coordinator
for the Office of Victims Assistance.
Denim Day began as a protest of an Italian Supreme Court's decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Court decided
that it was impossible to remove jeans without the help of the person wearing them. The judgment sparked international protest from those who understand
the dynamics of sexual violence: Domination, Humiliation, & Violence We encourage students and faculty to make a social statement
with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
Since its beginning in 1999, the clothesline project has honored survivors and those who have lost their lives to acts of intimate partner violence and sexual
assault. Students created t-shirts in honor of a loved one or to represent
their own experience with these heinous crimes. All newly created shirts were
displayed on a clothesline during "Take Back the Night" to help raise awareness about sexual violence.
Take Back the Night is a time for us to come together as
a community to speak out against sexual assault and domestic violence.
Walkers collectively and visibly support victims of sexual violence in
Office of Victims Assistance ~ Division of
Student Life ~ Winthrop University