Next Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, is the 14th annual National Denim Day.
The event stems from the overturn of an accused rapist’s conviction in Italy in the 1990s, in which the court stated that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Denim Day is a response to the outrageous ideology that wearing tight jeans is an invitation to sexually assault someone.
Each Denim Day, as part of an ongoing rape prevention education campaign, community members and leaders alike are asked to make a social statement and to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
If you would like to participate, please wear jeans on this day!
Though the most visible arms of the movement will likely be in New York and Los Angeles, that does not mean that you will not be seen or heard. Additionally, if you would like to participate more actively, you can purchase buttons, shirts, and other items that can help you bring awareness to this issue and cause. You can also download posters and infographics that highlight the importance of this event for FREE! All of this can be done at Peace Over Violence’s shop here, as they are the agency that spearheads Denim Day in the U.S.
For more information, check out the Denim Day website at http://denimdayusa.org/