Today, April 26, is ‘Denim Day.’
All across the globe people are wearing denim jeans today to stand against sexual assault, and to stand in solidarity with people who have experienced it.
Several United Way of Treasure Valley and Treasure Valley Education Partnership staff members are wearing jeans today to show our support.
Why denim jeans?
According to an MSN article, a 1999 Supreme Court decision in Italy overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing ‘very tight jeans.’ Peace Over Violence, the Denim Day campaign founder, noted that “…the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.”
This ruling, as the MSN article points out, sparked outrage across Italy, and women started wearing jeans to work to protest the court’s decision. The denim movement quickly spread across countries.
Peace Over Violence has been leading the Denim Day campaign for the past 18 years, according to MSN. The nonprofit organization’s executive director Patricia Giggans encouraged everyone to stand against sexual assault. Together.
“Whether you are an advocate at a local rape crisis center, an educator or student, a community member, a college student, an elected official, a business leader-the list is endless (!)- we welcome you and support your work to end sexual violence” Giggans said in a letter on the organization’s website.
About 1 in 6 women in the United States has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, according to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Let’s change those odds and end sexual assault. Together.