MAKE A SOCIAL STATEMENT WITH YOUR FASHION STATEMENT. WEAR JEANS WITH A PURPOSE ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26.
This year marks the 18th celebration of Denim Day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Denim Day is an annual violence prevention day sponsored by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Peace Over Violence. Denim Day especially focuses on raising awareness about abuse and violence against women and children. Over 11 million people across the country participated in 2016. For more information, visit <https://www.denimdayinfo.org
To show your support for Denim Day, you are invited to wear jeans or a denim shirt or jacket on Wednesday, April 26. (Note to employees: Please be sure to check with your department leadership to define parameters acceptable for your office.)
Participating in Denim Day provides a wonderful opportunity for Monroe Community College to show solidarity with survivors of abuse around the country and to think about how we can work in our personal and professional lives to reduce violence in our communities.
MORE ABOUT DENIM DAY
The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.
Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.