Denim Day


Share a photo of you in denim and share using the hashtag #BGSUDenimDay to show your support.



WHY DENIM? The Denim Day campaign takes place on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

MAKE A SOCIAL STATEMENT WITH YOUR FASHION STATEMENT. In this rape prevention education campaign, the Office of Residence Life asks community members, faculty, staff and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. 


Start by picking up your official Denim Day button at your residence hall's front desk from April 21 through April 28 while supplies last, then explore opportunities below to get more involved.

Social Media Giveaway

To help spread awareness about Denim Day, the Office of Residence Life is sponsoring a social media prize drawing from 4/21/2021 – 4/28/2021. Participants who post a picture of themselves wearing denim on Facebook or Instagram will be entered in a random drawing to win a $10 Falcon Outfitter’s gift card! One winner will be chosen each day.

In order to qualify for the prize drawing, participants can enter in 3 ways:

  1. Like our Denim Day giveaway post on Instagram or Facebook
  2. Comment on that post why you are in support of Denim Day
  3. Post a picture of you in your denim day using the tag #bgsuDenimDay and #bgsuSAAM2021 (Please note: we will only be able to see your post if your account is public)

Chosen winners will be direct messaged each morning of the drawing. Giveaway opens at 12:01 a.m. on 4/21 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on 4/28.

Donate Supplies to The Cocoon

The Cocoon is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence agency serving Wood County and the surrounding areas and provides shelter and advocacy services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, stalking and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

The Office of Residence Life is sponsoring a supplies drive for The Cocoon from April 21 to April 30.  You can drop off the requested supplies in one of the WYMO (When You Move Out) donation boxes in the lobbies of each residence hall .  The Cocoon is currently asking for the following items:

  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Non-perishable microwavable meals
  • Women’s underwear (new in package)
  • Fruit cups
  • Unrefrigerated individual juice bottles
  • Non-perishable snacks


Stop by These Events During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Staff will be tabling at the following events to promote the upcoming Denim Day and handing out information and official Denim Day buttons.  Consider joining us!

  • April 10, 2021: Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk
    • Race begins and ends at the Student Recreation Center
    • 9 a.m. - Packet pick-up | 10 a.m. - 5K | 10:15 a.m. - Dog Walk

Click here to learn more and register

  • April 15, 2021: The Clothesline Project - between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Union Oval
  • April 21, 2021: Staff from the Center for Women and Gender Equity will be holding a Wellness Day event at the Oaks Front Lawn and the Teaching Kitchen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where official Denim Day buttons and information will be handed out in addition to free BBQ to-go boxes, a Poker Walk, raffle prizes, and more!
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It's on all of us to stop sexual assault

At BGSU, we hope to create an environment where such behavior is unacceptable and cannot exist. The Office of Residence Life also plays an important role in stopping sexual assault on our campus. As such, the office has been, and will continue to engage in several pro-active initiatives. Check out the official calendar of events which includes all of the awareness events across campus.