Survivor Solidarity Month continues with some exciting events this week.
A brief content warning with these event descriptions: Sexual assault, rape culture, victim-blaming.
Wednesday, April 24th, is “Denim Day” all day: an international day of awareness of the impact of rape culture and to stand in solidarity with survivors. Sparked by an overturned rape conviction in the Italian Supreme Court due to the victim wearing tight jeans (and therefore, must have consented because she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans. So wear denim tomorrow in solidarity with survivors and challenge victim-blaming narratives. Take a picture and share on the SACE Facebook page with #DenimDay or #AskMeAboutMyDenim too!
To read more about denim day, check out Peace Over Violence’s website.
Thursday, April 25th at 12-1 pm, Downey House Lounge: All-Campus Lunchtime Discussion on Supporting Survivors & Responding to Disclosures: Join us for lunch and a dialogue about supporting survivors, responding to disclosures, and the intersections of this work on campus. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome, and please bring your questions to add to our discussion. Please RSVP by Wednesday April 24th at noon to confirm your spot: https://forms.gle/F5BXLsP8nVKqGLkUA
Thursday, April 25th is “Take Back the Night”, 5 pm Foss Hill: A traditional event at Wesleyan, inspired by an international movement to challenge victim blaming narratives and create space for survivors of sexual violence to be seen and heard. Starting at 5 pm on Foss Hill, students, faculty, and staff are welcome to gather for a concert (with slam poetry, instrumental, and a capella performances), followed by a candlelight vigil, speakout circle, and wrapping up with a de-brief discussion.
We hope to see y’all at one or all of these events!