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'Stand Up USAFA'
Denim Day promotes prevention of sexual assault, violence
The Terrazzo took on a decidedly different appearance on Wednesday, April 24, as much of the Cadet Wing took part in Denim Day.
Cadets, permanent party and friends of the Air Force Academy were decked out in jeans and black t-shirts — the unconventional uniform of the day. Everyone gathered up before lunch for an event on the Terrazzo to mark the occasion.
The t-shirts many wore carried a message — “Stand Up USAFA … I Will.” On the back of some shirts were the words “Building Trust.”
An internationally recognized effort to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention, Denim Day encourages the wearing of denim in support of victims of sexual assault and violence.
Denim Day originated in 1992 when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction based on what the victim was wearing at the time of her assault. The justices ruled that, because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she was somehow partially to blame for the assault.
Brig. Gen. Andrew Armacost, dean of faulty at USAFA, welcomed the crowd and pledged continued support from the permanent party to address sexual assaults and help victims of those assaults.
“Right here and now on the Terrazzo, we are reconfirming our resolve to stand as one team at USAFA in this fight,” he said. “All of our mission elements are here today in order to support you, the Cadet Wing, and to express both our gratitude to and solidarity with the SAPR [Sexual Assault Prevention and Response] programs and people that educate our airmen and care for our survivors.”
To put an exclamation point on the event, the Wings of Blue and several high-profile jumpers parachuted to the Terrazzo. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria ’85 and Prep School Commander Col. Timothy Thurston ’95 participated in tandem jumps, while Brig Gen. Kristin Goodwin ’93 solo jumped to the Terrazzo.
In addition to the 11:30 a.m. parachute demonstration, cadets participated in a variety of educational opportunities throughout the day — including discussions about healthy relationships, consent, respect and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.