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Take Back the Night Rally, Denim Day to honor sexual assault survivors

Take Back the Night Rally, Denim Day on April 21On April 21, survivors of sexual assault will be encouraged to share their stories as part of the Take Back the Night Rally at Creighton University. Sponsored by Creighton?s Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center, the second-annual event aims to end sexual violence in all forms. The rally and march will begin at 7 p.m. on the steps of St. John?s Church.

Keynote speakers, including a featured student survivor of sexual assault will address the crowd, before survivors and supporters are invited to speak during an open mic portion. After, a chanting crowd will march to the ballroom in Skutt Student Center for the After-Event, where they can learn more about violence prevention, consent and becoming an active bystander at various stations.

Also on April 21, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans as part of Denim Day. The day supports sexual assault survivors against victim blaming, following an Italian Supreme Court rape conviction overturned because the victim wore tight jeans at the time of the attack. The supreme court claimed because the victim?s jeans were tight, she must have helped her attacker remove the jeans, and therefore, consented. The next day, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans in solidarity with the victim. Last year, nearly 1,000 in the Creighton community wore denim.

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