April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; as part of that effort April 23rd has been set aside as Denim Day. The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Court infamously stated that, “It is common knowledge… that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them… and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” This judgment became an international symbol of myth based injustice for sexual assault victims, and prompted world-wide outcry.
Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people’s perceptions about violence against women, men, and children. Please consider joining local non-profit organizations, government organizations, and others in wearing denim on April 23, 2014.