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April 26, 2017
Denim Day is an awareness campaign that educates about the prevention of sexual violence. The campaign was originally triggered by an Italian Supreme Court ruling where a rape conviction was overturned. 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, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, Denim Day has been a symbol of protest against sexual violence. So wear jeans on Denim Day and make a social statement against sexual assault!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign lead by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. This year’s theme, “Engaging New Voices” builds on the idea that we are stronger together, and that new organizations and community members are needed to expand sexual assault prevention efforts and help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality and respect.
Thomas Jefferson University has a webpage dedicated to resources surrounding sexual misconduct: www.jefferson.edu/titleix. On this webpage you will find information on reporting, help and support, and great educational resources.