The entire month of April has been Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today, April 25, is Denim Day. What do jeans have to do with sexual assault, you may ask? Seemingly nothing, right?
But, shockingly, back in 1992, an 18-year old girl on her first driving lesson was driven by her instructor to an isolated area, pulled her from the car and raped. The rapist was originally declared guilty of sex in a public place, but the Italian Supreme Court later overturned even that conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, women came to work in the Italian Parliament wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. It was a classic cast of victim shaming, and it is not OK.
You could chalk it up to ancient history, but as recently at 2010, an Australian jury found that a female victim could not have been raped because she was wearing skinny jean.
Ever since, April 25 has been the day that women across the globe wear jeans as a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes and misconceptions about sexual assault.
Now to decide which jeans to wear on this important day? I think I’ll choose the tightest I can find.