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Denim Day

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Consider making a donation to support our students, their wellness, their success, and their voice through the Survivor Emergency Fund.




Wear denim to show your support and post to social media #CowboysWearDenim. 

Denim Day is April 24, 2024




Green Dot is a bystander intervention program committed to preventing & reducing power-based personal violence on campus.



Did you know? 18.2 percent of UW students report being sexually assaulted. Consider donating to the survivor emergency fund today.




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 violence is not tolerated and that everyone is expected to do their part in preventing it!


This year Denim Day will be April 24th, 2024.

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



What is the Survivor Emergency Fund?

The Survivor Emergency Fund opens each April as a Denim Day campaign fundraiser 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.



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 cell phones.

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.






"Receiving these funds, helps me to feel safe. These funds will be used to create a more safe environment and lessen my anxieties about an encounter with an individual who has caused me harm. This is so important for my ability to thrive and feel better, just being able to live a normal, stress-free life."


"I am so grateful to have financial aid available for my personal safety. I used the funds to purchase a ring doorbell. Knowing that I am safer in my home frees up my emotional energy so that I can better focus on my studies. I am thankful to have assistance in maintaining my well-being, my personal and my academic well-being."


-Survivor Emergency Fund Recipients




We're Here to Help 

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 dos@uwyo.edu.


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

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

Email: dos@uwyo.edu