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.
Each year, our peer leaders run an awareness campaign and join the Annual Denim Day Rally to raise awareness about sexual assault, dispel myths, and show their support for survivors. This year, we went digital!
Members of the Safe At Home team – including our co-founders Ali and Joe Torre – shared brief video messages throughout April to commemorate Denim Day:
The Annual New York City Rally also went fully virtual with a digital pledge and a series of videos from experts and survivors about sexual assault prevention. To spread the word about the event, they had a promotional poster that was actually designed by one of Safe At Home’s alumni interns, Julissa – check out her beautiful poster below, and watch the digital rally playlist now!
We have also prepared a guide in English and in Spanish for how to better support survivors of sexual assault and violence. You can read the full guide now.
If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse or violence, you are not alone. You can contact any of the following hotlines for additional support.
Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
National Domestic Violence Hotline 24-Hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 TDD: 1-800-787-3284
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline (NYC-based): 1-800-621-4673 TDD: 866-604-5350
Si usted o alguien conocido ha sido afectado(a) por la violencia sexual, no es su culpa. Usted no está solo(a). Hay ayuda disponible las 24 horas del día, 7 días por semana por medio de la Línea de Ayuda Nacional Online de Asalto Sexual: 800.656.4673 y online.rainn.org, y en español: rainn.org/es.