April is Nationally Sexual Assault Awareness Month and on April 24, 2013 the YWCA along with organizations across the world celebrated Denim Day.
For the second consecutive year the YWCA served on the Denim Day NYC Planning Committee. Nearly 150 participants gathered on the step of City Hall to protest sexual assault in our communities and to stand in solidarity with victims. This years activities also included a city wide essay contest (the Brooklyn winner was featured on Huffington Post)
Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The judges reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. In an act of solidarity following the ruling, the women in Italian Parliament wore jeans to work. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths.
And plese check out the PSA below which was created by college students from our committee and features real college students from NYC Colleges.
To pledge to wear to wear Denim on April 24th or to find out how to get involved please contact us or visit www.denimdaynyc.org