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Campus Events

Departments on the University of South Carolina campus host a number of events throughout the year to raise awareness about sexual assault, relationship violence, harassment and stalking. Some of these events also encourage individuality, resilience and positive self-image.

Relationship Violence Awareness Month

Observed each October, various events are held that raise awareness about relationship violence, including the Empty Place at the Table display (which showcases the devastating effects of domestic violence) and the statewide Silent Witness memorial ceremony for the previous year's victims killed by relationship violence.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Observed in April, events that raise awareness about sexual assault include Denim Day, the Clothesline Project and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.

Clothesline Project

This national campaign encourages survivors of interpersonal violence and their supporters to express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April; T-shirts will be on display throughout the month.

Denim Day

Observed each April at UofSC and across the U.S., Denim Day began in the mid-1990s after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the judges believed that the survivor's jeans were too tight to have been removed without her consent. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear jeans on Denim Day to show support for survivors and to protest survivor blaming.

Vagina Monologues

Staged each February at UofSC and sponsored by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, the Vagina Monologues performance shares women's funny, tragic and enlightening experiences involving their vaginas. The show includes some stories related to sexual assault.

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