April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. During this month of education and awareness, Columbia University participates in Denim Day.
The Denim Day campaign was created in response to a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a 1998 rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent.
The next day, the women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to show solidarity with the victim. Ever since, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and dangerous attitudes about sexual assault
On April 25, 2018 Columbia community members can make a social statement with their fashion statement. Wear jeans on this day as a visible sign of support for survivors of sexual assault.
Take the pledge and get involved at Columbia, visit https://health.columbia.edu/denim
Attend the SVR Denim Day rally at 9:00 a.m. in the Low Library Rotunda to learn more about the movement and show your support.
See more at denimdayinfo.org.