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There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape

For the past 19 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.

Denim Day is April 24, 2019!


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 19th Denim Day sexual violence prevention and education campaign to your community. Whether you are an advocate at a local rape crisis center, an educator or student, a community member, a college student, an elected official, a business leader—the list is endless (!)— we welcome you and support 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 invite you to download our Denim Day Toolkit 2018 to obtain campaign logos, text, social media tools 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.

We have seen the incredible work of survivors and allies in the past years. Survivors across the country have come out of the shadow and spoken out commanding national attention. The Hunting Ground produced by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick, Lady Gaga’s ‘Til It Happens To You’ and her performance at the Oscars, The White House’s “It’s On Us” Campaign, the victim statement of Emily Doe and many other important events have only continue to shed light on the epidemic of sexual violence on college campuses and beyond and supported major legislative actions in the movement to end sexual violence.

From now until April 25, 2018, gear up--build your campaign, talk to friends, family, and decision makers. Wear jeans with a purpose, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. There is No Excuse and Never An Invitation to Rape.


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

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