Below is a message from Louise Cowin, Vice President Students. Please distribute this information broadly with your UBC peers.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC. We invite and encourage everyone in the UBC community to attend a Sexual Assault Awareness event this month, and engage in dialogue about sexual assault. By talking about sexual assault openly, we will help reduce myths that surround sexual assault.
We are seeking your assistance in promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month by making faculty, staff and students aware of the events and activities associated with this campaign and encouraging them to participate in the conversation.
One easy way you can help start the conversation is to encourage everyone participate in Denim Day. Denim has been worn to make a visible protest against sexual assault since 1998, when an Italian court overturned a sexual assault conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. Upset by the verdict, people around the world protested by wearing denim to work. By encouraging everyone to wear denim on campus on Wednesday, January 15 we can make a statement that there is no excuse for sexual assault.
Denim Day stickers, Sexual Assault Awareness Month posters and other materials are available from the Access & Diversity office in Brock Hall.
We hope that you will take advantage of the opportunities available on campus this January. Check out the events page for full details about speakers and opportunities to engage in dialogue.
For more information, please contact Janet Mee, Director, Access & Diversity.