From the Denim Day Website (www.denimdayinfo.org)
What is Denim Day?
For the past 17 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. 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. This year’s Denim Day is April 27, 2016.
If you or someone you love is a survivor and looking for support, please consider the following resources:
National Emergency Hotlines
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network:
National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Counseling and Shelters
Sojourner Family Peace Center
24 Hour Hotline: 414-933-2722
New Insights, LLC
Counseling and Psychotherapy
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Other phone numbers that may be of assistance:
Pathfinders’ Drop-In Center: (414) 271-1560
Shelter assistance for age 18 or over: Dial 211