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Blue Genes & Teal (Pop-up Poetry)- Denim Day 2024


  • Date: April 24, 2024
  • Time: 12–3 p.m.
  • Location: Student Center Lobby, Norfolk State University


Content Advisory:
This event may contain discussions of sensitive topics related to sexual assault and consent. We encourage all participants to engage respectfully and supportively.


In observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and National Poetry Month, Norfolk State University proudly presents Blue Genes & Teal Pop-Up Poetry: Denim Day 2024, a poignant event hosted by the OVW Campus Prevention & Response Program, CIVPER- Campus Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Education & Response Program and Norfolk State University Counseling Center.


Denim Day originated from a powerful movement sparked by a landmark case in Italy in the 1990s. In solidarity with sexual assault survivors, individuals wore denim jeans as a symbol of protest victim-blaming and in support of survivors' rights. This year, OVW Campus Prevention & Response Program continues this tradition, inviting our campus community to wear "Blue Jeans" in solidarity of sexual assault prevention. 


Join us in the student center lobby on April 24th from 12–3 p.m. to commemorate this important day. We will have poetry reading pop-ups, discussions on fostering a safe and consent-informed campus community, and resources available for the campus community. This event is an opportunity to stand together, raise awareness, promote a culture of support, empowerment and use your VOICE!


OVW Campus Prevention & Response Program
Dr. Tonya M. Shell, Program Director of the OVW Campus Prevention & Response Program, expressed enthusiasm for the event, stating, "Denim Day is a powerful reminder of the importance of standing with survivors and challenging harmful attitudes towards sexual assault. By coming together as a community, we can create a culture of respect, support, and empowerment." The event carries the title Blue Genes & Teal Pop-Up Poetry Demin Day 2024 and encourages all attendees, as a symbol of solidarity, to take the pledge “ Start by Believing.” Don't miss this chance to make a difference. Wear your denim jeans, join the conversation, and act against sexual violence. Let's start by believing and end the cycle of silence together. Resources and information about campus and community services will be made available.


As part of our commitment to supporting survivors and preventing sexual violence, resources and support will be available at the event. Local and national contacts for assistance will be provided, including the Norfolk State University Counseling Center and national hotlines for sexual assault and domestic violence.


Campus, Local and National Resources:

  • Norfolk State University Counseling Center: (757) 823-8173
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE
  • Norfolk State University Police Department
  • Non-Emergency: 757-823-8102
  • Emergency: 757-823-9000
  • Anonymous: 757-823-2148


Additional Information
For more information about the "Blue Genes & Teal Pop-Up Poetry"- Denim Day 2024" and other initiatives by Norfolk State University's OVW/ CIVPER Program, please contact:


Tonya M. Shell, Ph.D.
Project Director/Program Manager, CIVPER-Campus Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education & Response Program and OVW Campus Prevention & Response Program
Norfolk State University
Phone: (757) 823-8603



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