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Denim Day

April 25, 2018 all-day

Wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate yourself and others about sexual assault. Post your denim photos on April 25 to social media using #denimday, #retreatdv, and #SAAM.

The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in 1999 where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist 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. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.