The Denim Day kick-off event – the Denim Day Bronx March – was held on April 12th.
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. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.Peace Over Violence, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, led by Patti Giggans, organized the country’s first Denim Day event in 1999. Under POV’s leadership, Denim Day LA & USA has grown into a national movement. In 2011, more than 2 million Americans participated in Denim Day.
Later in the week, the Denim Day March took our YWLEADers, fellow advocates, organizations and supporters over the Brooklyn Bridge into Foley Square in Manhattan. March participants wore denim in solidarity with survivors.
For more information please visit denimday.nyc