Denim Day 2022 is on April 27th! Denim Day originated in 1999 by Peace Over Violence as a response to a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that due to the tightness of her jeans, the victim must have assisted her rapist in removing her jeans, thereby implying consent, and not assault. The next day, the women serving in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
Recognizing that what someone is wearing is not an invitation for a sexual encounter, wearing jeans became a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Annually, millions of people around the world wear jeans in solidarity with victims of sexual assault, and to remind us all that victims are not “asking for it” or contributing in any way to their assaults; the fault of this lies with the perpetrator, and the collective conscious is responsible for combating the misinformation spread throughout our cultures.
Learn more about Denim Day, and join in supporting this initiative by wearing jeans this coming Wednesday, sharing #denimday on social media, and engaging in dialogue about consent! For more information, or to seek resources, contact NOVA’s Title IX Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.