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April 24-25: 'Take Back the Night' Event and Denim Day Photo
Events are among those planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Violence and Awareness Response Program Announcement, 4-23-2018
Minnesota State University, Mankato's Violence Awareness & Response Program, part of the University's Women's Center, announced that the following events are taking place this week as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
"Take Back the Night"
Tuesday, April 24 at 5 p.m.
Coffee Hag - 329 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato
"Take Back the Night" will include a rally, a march, a speak-out and a vigil. "Take Back the Night" is ultimately a call to end sexual violence against women, girls and all others affected. Organizers intend for the event to raise awareness and break the silence and secrecy surrounding sexual violence.
Photo for Denim Day
Wednesday, April 25 at noon
Meet in front of the Centennial Student Union Ballroom
In the 1990s, an 18-year-old girl was forcefully raped in Italy. The 45-year-old perpetrator was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. However, the Italian Supreme Court dismissed the case “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Within a matter of hours women in the Italian Supreme Court took immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work.
This year, Denim Day is nationally recognized on Wednesday, April 25. We welcome you to join us as we wear jeans as a visible means of protest against rape myths and victim-blaming and in solidarity with victims. We'll be meeting at noon in front of the Centennial Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday, April 25 for a group picture.