What is Denim Day?
He appeals the sentence. The case makes it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “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.”
This might be one of the most outrageous lines of reason ever - my heart races and my urges are unspeakable in this forum.
Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work.
This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.
As heinous as the Chief Judge’s initial ruling was, there remains an ongoing aftermath of solidarity, strength and support for women by women.
This year Denim Day occurs during April, which also happens to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
How will I show support?
I’ll be wearing my jeans to work today, Wednesday, April 26th - with my lab coat, of course!
I’ve also made a donation organized, by our University’s Counseling Services, to support Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc. as they reach out to survivors of sexual assault.
There is a great website to check out: denimdayinfo.org
To be aware is doing something. To share is doing even more.
Please do something. Thanks.
Until next week, be safe and take care,
(Source for this edition: students.ucsd.edu)
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