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April 24 12:00 am at 11:59 pm
Wear Denim today to protest against sexual assault!
History of Denim Day:
In 1992, An 18 year old Italian woman is raped by her driving instructor. She reports the rape and the perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted. He is then convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. Years later, he appealed the conviction claiming that they had consensual sex. The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction and the perpetrator was released. A statement from the Court argued that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was not rape but consensual sex.
This became known throughout Italy as the “Jeans Alibi.”
Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched a protest wearing jeans on the steps of the Supreme Court. The news and images spread across the world and the first Denim Day event was held in April of 1999, and has continued annually since.