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In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since. 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Whether you are an advocate at a local rape crisis center organizing a fundraiser for survivors, an educator or student coordinating a school rally, a community member mobilizing your neighborhood, a college student pushing for policy change, an elected official introducing a Denim Day proclamation, a business leader organizing an employee training—the list is endless (!)— we welcome you and hope that this 2016 toolkit will guide you in your work to end sexual violence. We designed this campaign to be accessible for everyone, anywhere who wants to take action to prevent rape and all forms of sexual violence. We offer you these tools we have created and encourage you to use the campaign logos, text, social media platforms and strategies to drive change in your community. We support all efforts to use this campaign and its materials to raise funds for local services that support rape survivors. 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More than 400 stores under the GUESS?, Inc. umbrella across North America participated in Denim Day with messaging in storefront windows, in-store signage, email marketing, mobile marketing, social media posts and in-store pledge books that invited shoppers to join the movement by signing their name to commit to wearing jeans on Denim Day to raise awareness around violence issues and to show support for survivors. GUESS? Inc. and the GUESS? Foundation continued their commitment as Denim Day’s official fashion sponsors bringing Denim Day to their stores in the U.S. and Canada, helping the movement reach over 11 million individuals last year. In May of 2015, The Guess Foundation expanded its efforts to grow awareness of violence against women to Europe by bringing Denim Day to Italy in May, for the first ever Denim Day Europe. For the 17th Denim Day we are gaining momentum leading up to 04.27.16. 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There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape

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.


History

Italy, 1990s


An 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

He appeals the sentence. The case makes it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.

For more information on the case, visit The New York Times’ coverage.

Letter from the Founder

Dear Denim Day participant,


Thank you for joining us this year to bring the 17th Denim Day sexual violence prevention and education campaign to your community. Whether you are an advocate at a local rape crisis center organizing a fundraiser for survivors, an educator or student coordinating a school rally, a community member mobilizing your neighborhood, a college student pushing for policy change, an elected official introducing a Denim Day proclamation, a business leader organizing an employee training—the list is endless (!)— we welcome you and hope that this 2016 toolkit will guide you in your work to end sexual violence.

We designed this campaign to be accessible for everyone, anywhere who wants to take action to prevent rape and all forms of sexual violence. We offer you these tools we have created and encourage you to use the campaign logos, text, social media platforms and strategies to drive change in your community. We support all efforts to use this campaign and its materials to raise funds for local services that support rape survivors.

Inspired by Italian female Parliamentarians action of wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court following the overturning a lower courts of rape conviction, I created Denim Day in LA in 1999. In 2011, the campaign expanded into a national movement: Denim Day USA. Growing to an international level in 2015, the GUESS? Foundation brought the campaign to Canada, as well as to it’s inspirational origins of Italy.

Denim Day has grown beyond a day in April and into a movement. Over the years we’ve asked Denim Day supporters to register their participation, but this year we are shifting our language to represent the greater commitment of Denim Day. Participants are invited to gear up and become part of a movement by taking action against false and destructive assumptions about sexual assault. Along with gearing up, you will be able to make a personal commitment, a promise, to not only wear jeans, but be the person who stands in support of survivors and educates yourself and others about sexual violence. We invite you to gear up and make the Denim Day Promise.

From now until April 27, 2016, gear up - talk to decision makers, administrators, friends, family, build your campaign. On 4.27.16, wear jeans with a purpose. There is No Excuse and Never An Invitation to Rape.

GEAR UP & WEAR JEANS WITH A PURPOSE.


Patricia Giggans
Founder, Denim Day in LA & USA campaign
Executive Director of Peace Over Violence

Get Involved! Register your participation today!

Guess? Partnership

Unified in Denim

In 2014, GUESS? Inc., the global lifestyle brand famous for its iconic ad campaigns and trendsetting denim, and the GUESS? Foundation, made Denim Day their company’s first chain-wide in-store, digital and online philanthropic marketing campaign that spanned across its GUESS, G by GUESS and GUESS Factory brands. More than 400 stores under the GUESS?, Inc. umbrella across North America participated in Denim Day with messaging in storefront windows, in-store signage, email marketing, mobile marketing, social media posts and in-store pledge books that invited shoppers to join the movement by signing their name to commit to wearing jeans on Denim Day to raise awareness around violence issues and to show support for survivors. GUESS? Inc. and the GUESS? Foundation continued their commitment as Denim Day’s official fashion sponsors bringing Denim Day to their stores in the U.S. and Canada, helping the movement reach over 11 million individuals last year.

In May of 2015, The Guess Foundation expanded its efforts to grow awareness of violence against women to Europe by bringing Denim Day to Italy in May, for the first ever Denim Day Europe.

For the 17th Denim Day we are gaining momentum leading up to 04.27.16. Joining us in our #GEARUP efforts, GUESS? will be hosting a launch event at MOCA which, kicking off #DENIMDAY, and spreading the word that THERE IS NO EXCUSE AND NEVER AN INVITATION TO RAPE.

Get Involved! Register your participation today!

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Your participation in this campaign is critical to building a movement to end sexual violence.
Please contact us with any questions.

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