In honor of denim day, we all gathered in the LCCR and decorated jeans with motivational words for sexual assault survivors. What is denim day?
“In 1997 in Italy, an 18 year old girl was raped by her 45 year old driving instructor, who was later convicted and sentenced to jail. The perpetrator appealed the sentence and his case was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court. The instructor was released and the Head Judge released a statement arguing that because she wore tight jeans, he assumed that she must have helped him remove her jeans and therefore, contented. Enraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Italian Parliament building. This was the beginning of what had become a worldwide event and movement to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.”
This is how denim day began. Please spread this story and support survivors!