GEAR UP FOR DENIM DAY
For the past 18 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. This year’s Denim Day is April 26, 2017. - Via DenimDay.org
I've partnered with my blogger friend, Claudia of Sour Then Sweet , to share the importance of Denim Day. Read an excerpt of her post here:
"Of the various ways that you can support survivors, one of the biggest is believing them. Many survivors will share that one of the biggest things that can be done for them after an assault is simply saying these three words, “I believe you.” These three words can encompass so many things for a survivor. Within these three words, “I believe you,” survivors can find hope, love, support, and safety. Believing a survivor at face value can be instrumental in their healing. It can make the difference in a survivor’s transition from victim to survivor, and it lets the survivor know that they are supported. Getting involved in Denim Day is another way in which you can do this." To read more, head on over to her blog and consider registering for Denim Day.