School Violence Week - October 20-24, 2015
During School Violence Awareness Week members of the Green Dot Club posted facts around the school bringing awareness of statistics related to bullying, dating violence, and assault.
Denim Day 2015
On Wednesday, April 15, the Green Dot Club invited staff to wear denim and teal in support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual assault.
History of Denim Day:
In Italy in 1992, an 18 year old girl was assaulted by her driving instructor. The girl reported the assault to the police and the case went to court. The driving instructor was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to jail. He appealed his sentence and on appeal, the Supreme Court released the driving instructor and dismissed all charges, on the grounds that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to have helped him remove them, and by removing the jeans, it is no longer assault but consensual sex.” The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
Since 2001, the month of April has been nationally observed as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate the community and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Denim Day has become a national day to raise awareness and educate the public about sexual assault.
Representatives from Zufall Health Center (formerly known as Women's Health and Counseling) were present in the cafeteria during lunch periods to engage students in a jeans decorating activity.
Denim Day 2014
In April 2014, our students participated in Denim Day at the high school. Students also participated in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They joined members of Zufall Health Center on Division Street to raise awareness about sexual assault.
For Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2014, staff members of the Character Education Committe, volunteered to post Green Dots in the community to raise awareness about the Green Dot Program at Somerville High School.