Emerson faculty, students, and staff threw on some denim and headed to the Bordy Theater on Thursday, April 6, to show their commitment to fighting sexual and domestic assault, and all other forms of violence.
Jeans for Justice is an international movement that has its roots in a 1999 Italian court case in which a rape conviction was overturned because the survivor was wearing tight jeans at the time of the attack. People around the world wear jeans on this day to signal that no one — no matter what they are wearing, what they look like, what they're doing, or where they're going at what time — deserves to be assaulted.
The audience, which filled the Bordy Theater, heard speeches, songs, and recognition of the many Emerson community members who did their part to help Emerson be a safe and equitable campus for everyone.
The event was organized by the Office of Violence Prevention and Response, and is part of Communities United Against Violence Month.