For the past 22 years, Denim Day has been held on a Wednesday in April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after 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 the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. Denim Day asks 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 violence.
You can get involved by wearing jeans on April 28 and registering your participation. Plus, learn ways you can help a survivor along with 15 ways to end rape culture. Help spread awareness by downloading, coloring, and displaying these free Denim Day activity sheets.
If you are or have been a victim of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence or stalking, it is never too late to heal. You are not alone and help is available. Access national hotlines and resources, partake in the services of The Women’s Community, and/or use counseling service as part of NTC’s partnership with Peaceful Solutions Counseling.