MSU Denver Denim Day
Denim Day is a national campaign enacted annually on the last Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign functioned originally as a response to a ruling issued in 1998 by the Italian Supreme Court overturning a rape conviction due to the victim having worn tight jeans. In their ruling, they stated: "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.”
The following day, the women of 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. Every year since then, choosing to wear denim on Denim Day is a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Through this campaign we are asking community members, administrators, and students to contribute to this powerful and essential social statement by wearing denim on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence and support of those who have survived it.