Denim Symposium and HCR 1001 Reading


The Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault hosted an Honor Denim Day Symposium on the first floor of the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 26th, 2017. They were joined by partner agencies YWCA-OKC, OKC Artists 4 Justice, UCO, and Wings of Hope who all provided decorated to the symposium. After the symposium Mackenzie Masilon read a statement to the House of Representatives about the importance of Honor Denim Day, and Representative Tess Teague authored HCR 1001 proclaiming this day Honor Denim Day in the state of Oklahoma.

Wings of Hope

Hannah DiPasquale, Prevention Coordinator at Wings of Hope, connected with over 200 Langston University students to discuss ways to prevent sexual violence, have safe relationships, and support others. Students decorated pieces of denim with messages of support for survivors. Businesses and organizations from Stillwater, Perry, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and countless OSU students and faculty decorated over 100 pairs of jeans to support survivors and stand against sexual violence. They were displayed at a symposium at OSU where Hannah gave a powerful speech on consent, believing survivors, and empowering bystanders.

Honor Denim Day Oklahoma 2017

University of Central Oklahoma

Brianna Ray led a transformative learning experience initiative at the University of Central Oklahoma, and in doing so spearheaded the #HonorDenimDayOK initiative for 2017. Her team created a toolkit for other agencies to use in order to spread the symposiums throughout our state in an awareness campaign.

Honor Denim Day Oklahoma 2017

Community Crisis Center

Rape Prevention Educator Cyndy Keys held multiple denim day symposiums throughout Northeast Oklahoma. Several different high schools participated in their own symposiums, and she got the attention of two different local newspapers who highlighted her efforts in preventing sexual violence through her community.