Jeans4Justice

Student Engagement Observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Jeans4Justice Event

October is the time of year set aside for a mild yet expressive and artistic form of protest against domestic violence on the CCC campus.

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, members of the CCC campus community will paint meaningful expressions on symbolic denim jeans that have been used and donated.

Student Engagement to Observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month with Jeans4Justice Event

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Tue Sep 25, 2018

Jeans4Justice

October is the time of year set aside for a mild yet expressive and artistic form of protest against domestic violence on the CCC campus.

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, members of the CCC campus community will paint meaningful expressions on symbolic denim jeans that have been used and donated.

“Over the years, the students have painted first names, facial expressions, and inspirational messages on a pair of old jeans in memory of a victim of sexual or domestic violence,” said Renee Hall, CCC coordinator of counseling services who organizes the event.

The idea of using jeans to stand in solidarity of this cause derived from an Italian Supreme Court case, in which a victim of rape was not granted justice after the ruling concluded that since the victim wore tight jeans during the alleged rape, actions could not have been carried out impermissibly.

Jeans4Justice Day is named for a non-profit organization headquartered in San Diego, CA that has gone national on the high school and postsecondary levels to pervade campuses across the United States with awareness of the issues of rape and sexual assault.

A large amount of rape and sexual assault victims have fallen under the 30 and under age range. For that reason, Jeans 4 Justice targets teenagers and young adults ages 16-29.

“According to statistics, one in every four college-aged women is a victim of an attempted completed assault, and 2.78 million men in the U.S. have been victims of assault,” Hall asserted.

“Rape has nothing to do with what you wear, yet victims often deal with their pain by turning inward and creating reasons why something so terrible happened.”

Hall is collecting donations of denim jeans on weekdays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. until Oct. 15 to ensure that everyone will be able to take part in the call-to-action. For anyone wishing to drop off jean pants for the Oct. 17 event, they are to call Hall at 621-4858 to set up a time. The event will take place in front of the Student Affairs Multi-Complex Center on campus.

The advent of Jeans4Justice Day will hopefully move college students to make courageous, smart decisions within relationships and in day-to-day living.

“Survivors of domestic violence face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks and other emotional distress,” says Hall.

“When someone has been raped or sexually assaulted, they obviously need a great deal of support from the people around them as well as from people like counselors, the police, doctors and so on.”

Students can also call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for help.

Hall offers her counseling services to students affected by domestic abuse and advises them to stop by the counseling center on the 1st floor of the Zee A. Barron Student Union for direct aid.