What is Denim Day?
Denim Day was originally triggered from a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in which a teenager was assaulted by her driver’s training instructor. The rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that, since the teen 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 survivor. Denim Day started internationally in response to this case; wearing denim annually on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes and myths about sexual assault.
A Public Health and Safety Issue That Affects All of Us
Sexual violence is difficult to discuss and often goes unmentioned. But 1 in 5 American women have been raped at some time in their lives — and 1 in 71 American men. Nearly 1 in 2 American women and 1 in 5 men have experienced other forms of sexual violence, including forced penetration, sexual coercion and unwanted sexual contact. And young people are at the highest risk: it is estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have had an unwanted or abusive sexual experience in childhood.
Sexual Assault Resources:
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Sexual Assault Hotline Maricopa County – 24 hour
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
602-279-2900, Toll-Free 1-800-782-6400 or TTD/TTY 602-279-7270
Crisis Response Network, Inc.