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April 22, 2015
Dear UW Oshkosh Campus Community
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities on how to prevent it.
As many as one in five women are sexually assaulted in college (Krebs, Lindquist, Warner, Fisher, & Martin, 2007. While in college, one in 16 men are victim of an attempted or completed assault (Krebs et al., 2007). The impact of sexual assault can be wide-ranging and can have long-term health impacts.
The Office of Equity and Affirmative Action is asking you to join us in celebrating Denim Day 2015. Denim Day focuses on raising awareness and showing support for victims of sexual violence. Since the 1999 overturned rape conviction from which the original Denim Day stemmed, thousands have been coming together to show their support and speak out against sexual violence. This year we are hopeful you will join us in taking a stand by wearing your jeans on April 29.
To show your support, we ask that you stop by our office (Dempsey 211) on April 29th between 8am-2pm to take a picture at our Denim Day photo booth. For every individual photographed in their denim, I am personally donating $1 to Reach Counseling Services to support their efforts in providing services to victims of sexual assault in our community.
Preventing sexual violence on campus takes more than one department, office, club, team, administrator, professor, staff member, or student. It takes all of us working together in big and small ways. Everyone must play a role in creating a culture of safety, equality, and respect on campus.
You can start by getting involved in SAAM 2015. Attend local SAAM activities in on campus or plan an event. Use social media to spread the word and post what you’re doing online. Learn more about this issue and educate others in your life. Support your local rape crisis center.
Everyone benefits when campuses are safer. You can learn more at http://goo.gl/HCUuim
Ameerah McBride, J.D.
Director of Equity and Affirmative Action
Title IX Coordinator