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Survivor Emergency Fund



What is Denim Day?

Denim Day is a nationally and internationally recognized movement to bring awareness to remind people that there is no excuse and never an invitation to sexually assault someone. The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Head Judge argued, "Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them..." The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry. Denim Day is a symbol of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Each April we encourage the community to wear denim and post on social media that #CowboysWearDenim to show that (1) Violence is not tolerated and (2) Everyone is expected to do their part in preventing it! This year Denim Day will be April 19th, 2022. 

What is the Emergency Fund?

The Survivor Emergency Fund opens each April as a Denim Day campaign and each fall for Giving Day. These campaigns support an emergency fund available to enrolled undergraduate student survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. The fund helps student survivors stay at UW while on their path toward graduation. Please consider making a donation and show our students that we support their wellness, their success, and their voice.



Denim Day Instagram Story
Denim Day Instagram Story
Denim Day Instagram Story
Denim Day Instagram Story

Why donate to the Survivor Emergency Fund?

Sexual and interpersonal violence can lead to a number of unforeseen expenses. For example, 

  • Sexual assault survivors may need new bedding or have unanticipated medical expenses, including medications and services not covered by insurance and not provided by Student Health.

  • Relationship violence survivors may need help with a security deposit or application fee to move out of an abusive living situation and into a new home.  

  • Stalking survivors may need support to increase personal security, like changing or installing locks on doors and windows, or accessing technical assistance to remove tracking malware from computers and cellphones.

We hope that this emergency fund will remove one of the many obstacles that students face on their path to healing, recovery, and persistence to graduation. 


Request Support

The Survivor Emergency Fund is available to currently enrolled University of Wyoming undergraduate students who have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and/or stalking while they were a UW student. For more information and to request the application form, please email


Contact Us

Dean of Students Office 
Knight Hall 128
1000 E. University Drive  Laramie, WY 82071 

Phone: 307-766-3296 
Fax: 307-766-3298 


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