What is Denim Day?
For the past 16 years, Peace Over Violence has run the Denim Day in USA campaign on the last Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault 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.
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, The Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA) and campus partners ask faculty, staff, 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 was held on April 26, 2017.
There are several ways the Auraria community showed support for Denim Day this year! From simply wearing jeans, to wearing one of our Denim Day buttons, to stopping by our table and posing in front of our backdrop! Take a look at the slideshow below and check us out next year on April 25, 2018.
To learn more about Denim Day at Auraria or get involved with the project, stop by The Phoenix Center office in Tivoli 259 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.