Campus & Community

Sexual Assault Awareness Month at DU focuses on education, support and prevention

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is nationally recognized in the U.S. Every April, college campuses across the country host events with the goal of educating university communities about sexual violence and how to prevent it.

DU’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month programming is presented by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE). CAPE provides programs and resources that promote healthy relationships, teach nonviolence and equality, and foster a respectful and safe environment for all members of the University of Denver community. CAPE also supports survivor healing by providing advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment and relationship violence.


The Clothesline Project

T-shirts displayed throughout the month of April at Anderson Academic Commons and Driscoll Bridge

The Clothesline Project began as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt. The shirt is then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. Today, Clothesline Projects provide awareness about sexual and intimate partner violence, hate crimes and child abuse. Survivors and friends of survivors design and decorate T-shirts that are displayed during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


Denim Day @ DU

Wednesday, April 15

Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court’s overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. An Italian woman was raped, and when the case went to trial, the jury found her assailant guilty. The Italian Supreme Court then overturned the ruling, saying that jeans are too difficult to remove and the assailant could not have done so without the victim’s help.

To honor Denim Day, the DU community (including friends and neighbors) is invited to wear jeans in order to promote awareness. University leaders will be around campus throughout the day, providing Denim Day pins and informational cards. Show your support on social media with #DUDenimDay.


Jackson Katz keynote

Tuesday, April 21, 7 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall

Jackson Katz is internationally known for his work on men’s leadership and the important role men play in the prevention of gender violence. This keynote address is co-sponsored by DU’s Undergraduate Student Government, Greek Council and CAPE. DU Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Gregg Kvistad will provide introductory remarks.


Consent Carnival

April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Driscoll Green

The Consent Carnival is a fun event, including snacks, prizes, entertainment and music. Games and activities will focus on educating the campus community on the importance of obtaining consent in the context of intimate relations and help students learn and practice both how to ask for and to give consent in their relationships.

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