This year marks the ten year anniversary of Denim Day NYC. Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The judges reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.
Unfortunately, the current public health crisis means that we cannot meet, advocate, and do outreach in person, but the collective work to build a future free of sexual violence in New York City persists. We will be celebrating this milestone in our programs and alongside the larger New York City advocacy community with an online rally!
You can also participate by taking the Denim Day Pledge online.