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Green Dot Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Featuring Denim Day 2019


IN SOLIDARITY + Post using #ISUDenimDay

Students: Supporting a Friend + Resources Faculty + Staff Resources Campus Partners SAAM Iowa State SAAM 2019

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all Iowa State University sponsored-events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participated in this program or if you would like more information, please contact: Jazzmine Brooks (Violence Prevention Coordinator) at


What is Denim Day?

For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after 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 the person who raped her 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 harassment, abuse, assault and rape. In this sexual violence prevention and education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

Denim Day is April 24, 2019!


History of Denim Day

Social Marketing – Body Keeps the Score

Visit @ISUGreenDot on ALL social media platforms – (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube)

Throughout April we are educating our followers on the impacts of trauma featuring “Body Keeps the Score” by Bessel van der Kolk

Book Summary

The effects of trauma can be devastating for sufferers, their families and future generations. Here one of the world’s experts on traumatic stress offers a bold new paradigm for treatment, moving away from standard talking and drug therapies and towards an alternative approach that heals mind, brain and body.


Monday, April 8th – @7pm

Gridshock: A Film About Sex Trafficking In Iowa

Q & A with Filmmaker, Vanessa McNeal

Great Hall, MU

Filmmaker Vanessa McNeal, a graduate of Iowa State, will screen her fourth and most recent film, Gridshock, a documentary exposing the hidden and disturbing reality behind sex trafficking in Iowa and the often-overlooked reality about why the industry thrives – because there is a demand for it. McNeal’s film features survivors of sex trafficking, local and federal law enforcement, advocates, politicians, and a recovering sex addict. What you think you know about sex trafficking will be challenged. Sexual Assault Awareness Month
This film is 55 minutes, and a discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Vanessa McNeal will immediately follow the screening.


  • ACCESS – Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support
  • Green Dot at Iowa State
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Inter-Residence Hall Association – IRHA
  • Iowa Network against Human Trafficking and Slavery
  • Iowa State University Police
  • ISU Network Against Human Trafficking
  • Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity
  • Teens Against Human Trafficking
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)


Monday, April 8th @12:10pm to 1pm

“Why I Wear Denim”: Shifting the Stigma Panel Discussion

Facebook Live @IowaStateDaily and @ISUGreenDot

Learn about how media, support services, and prevention can help shape and change the message of sexual violence.

Collaboration with Greenlee School of Journalism and the Iowa State Daily Voices section

Moderator: Alex Connor, ISU Daily editor in chief
Jazzmine Brooks, MPA, Violence Prevention and Green Dot Coordinator, Student Wellness
Tricia Ingram Williams, ACCESS Campus Advocate
Kathie Obradovich, political columnist, Des Moines Register, and lecturer Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
Julie Roosa, J.D., First Amendment Specialist, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, and former coordinator of the Story County Sexual Assault Response Team


Tuesday, April 16th @6pm Pioneer Room, MU

One Love Escalation Workshop

The Escalation Workshop is a film-based discussion that opens people’s eyes to the warning signs of relationship abuse. The workshop consists of a film, Escalation, followed by a guided discussion led by a trained facilitator.

Hosted by Student Government


Wednesday, April 17 – 24th

Survivor Stories – Silent Voices

The Survivor Stories are signs featured in high traffic areas around campus. This year will feature ‘Silent Voices’ – highlight marginalized and high-risk communities impacted by violence. The different communities we will be highlighting are:

* Racialized/Ethnic groups
* Persons with Disability (hidden and visible)
* Women/Girls
* Men/Boys
* Survivors
* International students
* Undocumented/Un-naturalized
* Low Socio-Economic Status
Locations across campus

Thank you to on student collaborators: Interfraternity Council, Collegiate Panhellenic Council, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc Gamma Chapter at Iowa State, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc Upsilon Nu Chapter at Iowa State. 


Wednesday, April 17 @7pm – 8pm

Green Dot Booster Session: In Our Fields – A Dialogue on Agriculture and Human Trafficking

Curtiss Hall 0225

Join us for an opportunity to enhance your leadership within your industry. We will be discussing how to address trafficking in the ag industry as interns and new professionals.

Participants receive a FREE mini-Zen Garden and Green Dot gear.

Refreshments Provided


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @6pm-8pm

Denim Day Eve: Dialogue on Trauma and Healing

Margaret Sloss House

(Dinner Provided)


The goal of this group is to provide those who experience primary and secondary trauma (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, etc.) with a safe, private setting to share their thoughts and feelings.

Participants have the opportunity to connect with other survivors, share their stories, and learn about the impact of trauma + healing.

Post Program

The group will be able to connect with campus and local resources, learn skills and tools toward healing, and find community among survivors.

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students

(For Faculty + Staff support, visit Employee Assistance Program

Featured Facilitator: BREANNE WARD

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Breanne Ward is a certified Sexual Assault Counselor through the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (Iowa CASA) and a nationally recognized certified rehabilitation counselor with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).  She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the African American Case Review Team for Department of Human Services, Trauma Informed Care Stakeholder’s Committee, and the Sexual Health Awareness Group. She has provided vast trainings to Iowa CASA, Iowa’s 5th Judicial Department of Corrections, Drake University, Simpson College, and Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services.

Her graduate alma mater is Drake University where she earned a Master’s in Counseling at Drake University.  Her undergraduate degree was obtained at Iowa State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services with a specialization in Youth.  Nationally, Ward is a certified rehabilitation counselor, equipped to assist people with disabilities seeking employment/education opportunities/vocational training.  Ward has her State of Iowa temporary mental health counseling license providing therapy at New Sight, Inc.  She has great faith that she will continue to be a vessel to carry out the work of her community and welcomes new opportunities to strengthen and empower others.