Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Denim Day

Denim Day is a sexual violence prevention education program developed by Peace Over Violence. Join us by wearing jeabs, supporting survivors, and comitting to educating yourself and others about sexual viuolence.




For the past 14 years, Peace Over Violence has run the Denim Day in L.A. and USA 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.  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 will focus on deconstructing rape myths and driving local to international activism to end sexual violence.