Sexual violence is a serious worldwide public health problem that affects millions of women and men and children.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

The sexual assault awareness campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in 1992 where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that 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. 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.

This Year, Peace Corps Vanuatu Staff will organize activities to raise awareness on sexual assault, they will deliver a Sexual assault awareness training to the Peace Corps Volunteer Host family and counterpart.

An awareness based on what is consent, what is not consent, digital consent (texting – sharing online) and how power impacts Consent will be held with year 12, 13 and DAEU students from Lycée Louis Antoine de Bougainville and Epauto School.

Don’t forget, Denim Day is April 24, 2019!