Coppin State students ban together to recognize Denim Day

Published Monday, April 22nd, 2013

CSU students ban together to revent rape

Black College Students Unite Against Rape

Media Contact: Amelia Cobb, 202-904-6824,  

Campus Contact: Michelle Reynolds, 410-951-3939,

                                Over 6,000 Black College Students Unite Against Rape

                               Ten HBCUs Mobilize for Campus Sexual Assault Awareness

Baltimore, MD –April 19, 2013 -On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Coppin State University along with nine other HBCU’s will participate in the 5th Denim Day at HBCUs.

Starting on Monday, April 22, 2013, over 6,000 HBCU students will mobile their peers to stand against sexual assault for a 72 hour period. Students will join together to support the movement by wearing jeans and a Denim Day at HBCUs T-Shirt as a visible sign to support ending sexual violence on college campuses; an additional 2,000 students are anticipated to sign the No Violence Against Women (NO VAW) HBCU Pledge.

Denim Day is a project of Peace Over Violence—a non-profit, feminist, multicultural, volunteer organization dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. Denim Day was launched in 1999, in protest of an Italian High Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing “tight” jeans.  The Wright Group are official Blue Jean Sponsors of Denim Day in USA 2013.

Coppin State Counseling Center Director, Michelle Reynolds, said “The Center for Counseling and Student Development works delinquently throughout the year to raise awareness around this issue.” Mr. Christopher Thomas, Assistant Director, recently completed the Green Dot Strategy training and is a certified Green Dot instructor. The Green Dot strategy is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. The Counseling Center also partners with local agencies such as Turnaround, Inc., Phynyx Ministries, and the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

Other HBCU’s participating in Denim Day include Bowie State University, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, Johnson C. Smith, LeMonye Owen College, Morehouse College, Norfolk State University and Spelman College.

For more information on ways to sign the NO VAW Pledge as public support for ending sexual violence against women on HBCU campuses nationwide, visit

ABOUT EVAW: THE HBCU PROJECT. Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The HBCU Project is a call to action for HBCU students, administration, alumni and community partners end all forms of violence against women on college campuses. (

ABOUT THE WRIGHT GROUP. The Wright Group (TWG) is a health and human services organization based in Washington, DC focused on eliminating health disparities for all and increasing health philanthropy. In 2008 TWG made a five year commitment giving support to program, project and outreach activities focused on serving women and girls living in underserved communities.