deans wearing jeans

Deans in jeans

Provost Claire Sterk and Emory's deans donned denim in April in support of the goal to end sexual violence on campus and across the nation. Emory Denim Day is part of a national campaign by Peace Over Violence that began after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction in 1992 because justices felt that the victim, who was wearing tight jeans, must have helped her rapist remove them and thus had consented to sex. Women in the Italian Parliament came to work the next day wearing jeans to show solidarity with the victim. Emory's event, held a week early this year to avoid a conflict with final exams, raised not only awareness but also funding to support survivors through the Respect program. Respect offers sexual and relationship violence prevention programs and nurtures a survivor-supportive community. The Emory Student Government Association is donating $1 to Respect for every participant in Emory Denim Day, and Emory Healthcare partnered with the program to provide denim day pins for its employees who were unable to wear jeans due to uniform requirements. Donations to Respect and Emory's Intimate Partner Violence Working Group support programming of Sexual Assault Peer Advocates, the Sexual Assault Forum to Educate Greeks, Emory Active Bystander Skills, and other campus groups.