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Denim Day and Group Picture
April 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Help take a stand against victim blaming and destructive attitudes about sexual assault by wearing jeans for Denim Day. Participants are invited to join CVPP at noon in front of Academic Hall for a group photo. Peer educators will also staff a table with free Denim Day pins and cards, SAAM ribbons, informational pamphlets on healthy sexuality and giveaways.
Denim Day was established in response to an Italian Supreme Court Ruling. In 1997 in Rome, an 18-year-old woman was raped on the side of the road by her 45-year-old driving instructor, who was later convicted and sent to prison. The perpetrator appealed the sentence and his case was heard before the Italian Supreme Court and overturned. The head judge stated that because the victim wore tight jeans, he assumed she must have helped remove them, implying consent. Enraged by the decision, the women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans on the steps to the Parliament building. Victim blaming contributes to the large number of sexual assaults that go unreported. Survivors often fear being blamed and judged, and therefore do not seek the support they need, suffering silently and alone.