Join us on Wednesday, April 24th on the Quad for Denim Day!
Make sure to come out rocking your denim in support of the global sexual assault awareness campaign!
Denim Day began in 1992, after an 18-year-old girl was raped in Italy during her first ever driving lesson. Her 45-year-old instructor was arrested and convicted of rape, but only served a few years in jail because he appealed the conviction claiming that it was consensual sex. The conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court, who then released a statement that argued that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans it had to be consensual. They stated that because the jeans were so tight, she would have had to help him remove them, therefore, making it consensual. In protest, the Women of Parliament protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. This protest later sparked a global wave of protest that resulted in the first ever Denim Day event in April of 1999. Now an annual event, we aim to use our denim as a visible means of protest against the myths surrounding sexual assault!
The Women’s Center will have our already decorated denim on display from 9:00-4:00, and you could also decorate some yourself from 11:00-1:00 during our Information Table and Art-Making portion of the event! Please come out to see the denim and take part in this Global Campaign! Find out more information about denim day at: https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim.