Denim Day returns to college campuses’

Once per year college students across the nation wear jeans with a purpose- to educate others about sexual assault and support its survivors.

By Aliyah Allen, Staff Writer

 

On April 26, Wednesday, Peace over Violence will run its eighteenth Denim Day campaign in honor of the victims of sexual violence.

The campaign stems from a ruling in a rape case in 1999 by the Italian Supreme Court, according to the Los Angeles Times, in which justices felt that because the victim’s jeans were tight she must have helped the rapist remove them, thereby  consenting to the assault.

The following day, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim while holding signs that stated, “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.” Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization, led by Patti Giggans, developed the Denim Day campaign as an ongoing international response to this unfairness and to promote activism against it. Peace Over Violence  organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999.

Denim Day has turned into a national movement. According to the University of Wisconsin , “More than 2 million Americans participated in Denim Day. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have had an unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood.”

On Denim Day students, teachers and faculty are asked to wear their jeans in protest against the silence that accompanies sexual abuse and to prevent the shaming of the victims by considering them to be accomplices in the crimes that were committed against them. 

For more information and to find events and actions for this April’s Denim Day go to denimdayinfo.org.

3 comments

  1. Marches and events like this are needed, because at the end of the day we’re living in a disrespectful world.

    There will be men out there who still respect a woman’s boundaries and need for not wanting to be touched, groped, or sexually harassed.

    Then you have these men out there who act like serious ravenous wolves and coyotes when it comes to women, that they don’t give a crap about respecting women. And that lack of respect can lead to rape, unwanted touching, stalking, you name it.

    The thing that gets me though, there are many women out there who could care less about marches and events like Denim Day until they are sexually assaulted or sexually violated against their consent.

    That type of thinking and culture has to change.

    1. Hi, Matthew

      Thanks for your reply! I agree with you on the change that needs to happen. If we join together before these issues happen to one another we could prevent future sexual assault. Most of all prevent cases that let people get away with these sexual assault crimes.

      1. That’s right Aliyah.

        And by the way nice first name. Did your mother or father name you after the legendary Aliyah who passed away in 2001?

        I sure hope my future daughter never has to go through a rape ordeal or be sexually assaulted. I will try my best to educate her on men, the usage of a Mace spray bottle, how not to EVER go out at night alone, and etc.

        Education on rape and sexual assault needs to start at home. FOR REAL!!!

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