Denim Day grew out of a case in which a rape conviction was overturned in Italy because the judge reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. People were outraged all over the world, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.
This year, Safe At Home’s team had a very busy Denim Day. Our NYC-based staff joined the annual New York City Denim Day Rally downtown at Foley Square in the morning, along with countless other organizations that work to end sexual assault. A team of staff and alumni interns also visited Unilever headquarters in New Jersey to talk about Denim Day with their staff and lead an art activity to raise awareness about the myths surrounding sexual assault. We ended the night in Washington Heights with local law enforcement, the parks department, and other community-based organizations for a Denim Day-themed community night.