2012 Denim Day Donation
Wednesday, April 25, 2011
Wear Denim in Solitarity for Survivors of Sexual Violence and to Raise Awareness About Consent
ROME – ITALY, 1997
An 18-year-old girl was picked up by her 45-year-old instructor for her very first driving lesson. An hour later, assaulted and abandoned by him in an alley, she had to make her way back home. Undeterred, she reported the incident and the case was prosecuted. The driving instructor was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to jail.
The instructor appealed the conviction. The case was heard by Italian Supreme Court, where the
decision against the driving instructor was
In a statement released by the Head Judge, he stated, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer assault but consensual sex.” Enraged by the decision, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans on the steps of the Parliament building. This call to action motivated states such as California and New Jersey to do the same, which began as the Peace Over Violence Campaign in 1998—and a movement was born.
Please consider donating $5 or more to The Women's Center for each person who wears denim on April 25th at your organization or club.