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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.