More than 10.6 million people have registered for denim, promising to wear jeans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Denim Day. The entire month of April has been Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today, April 24, is Denim Day. What do jeans have to do with sexual assault, you may ask?
The answer should be “nothing,” but, in Italy back in 1992, which wasn’t all that long ago, an 18-year old girl’s driving instructor took her our on there first lesson. Instead of teaching her the rules of the road, he drover her to an isolated area, pulled her from the car and raped her. The rapist was originally declared guilty of sex in a public place. But the Italian Supreme Court later overturned the conviction because the justices believed the victim’s jeans were so tight that she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, women came to work at the Italian Parliament wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. It was a classic cast of victim shaming, and it is not OK.
Also, as recently at 2010, an Australian jury found that a female victim could not have been raped because she was wearing skinny jeans.
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.