Wednesday, April 29, 2020 • My jeans protest violence
Student Life at Inver Hills Community College invites the campus community to participate on Denim Day 2020, a campaign run by Peace Over Violence to help promote Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Denim Day is Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
More about Denim Day…¹
For the past 21 years, Peace Over Violence has run an inspiring and powerful opportunity to practice solidarity and support survivors by renewing our commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence. Denim Day is a campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her 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. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, what started as a local campaign to bring awareness to victim blaming and destructive myths that surround sexual violence has grown into a movement.
As the longest running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history, Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
For more information on the case, visit The New York Times’ coverage.
Denim Day links…
Learn more about how you can participate on Denim Day 2020 at Inver Hills by contacting:
Nicki Bottko Woods
Associate Director of Student Life
Student Life Activities Coordinator