"DENIM DAY: TAKE A STAND AGAINST RAPE"
Denim Day is a day to take a stand against rape. On April 22 many men and women will take a stand against rape by wearing jeans and pledging to support local rape-awareness programs. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one in six American women and one in 33 men are victims of sexual assault each year.
"There is no excuse and never an invitation for rape," says Mindy Sanders, Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Safe House for Women. "It is an act of violence that affects men, women and children. We urge everyone to wear denim and support survivors of sexual assault."
"Our agency supports Denim Day because of our mission to speak out for and advocate on behalf of victims of violence. So many of our clients have experienced sexual violence during their childhood years or as part of their domestic violence experience as an adult," said Linda Garner, Executive Director, Safe House for Women.
Denim Day was started in 1999 to protest an Italian High Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. Outraged by the verdict, women of the Italian Legislature demonstrated against the decision by wearing jeans to an afternoon legislative session. As news of the court's reasoning spread, so did the protest. In April 1999, the state of California was the first to establish Denim Day in the United States.