Statement Of The Orange County Young Democrats On Denim Day — Wednesday, April 25

One item of clothing can change the way we talk about sexual assault. On April 25th, 2018, the Orange County Young Democrats invite you to participate in Denim Day, a sexual assault awareness campaign that has been observed globally for nearly 20 years.

In 1999, an Italian rape case sparked public outrage when a Supreme Court judge overturned a perpetrator’s conviction by arguing that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” Within hours, women of the Italian Parliament wore jeans in protest, and in so doing, ignited a movement.

Since April 1999, individuals across the globe dedicate one day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month to wear denim jeans, sport a pin or sticker that reads “Why denim?,” and encourage discussions to dispel rape myths and eliminate victim-blaming.

Spread the word to your coworkers, friends, and organizations to wear jeans on April 25th! Post a photo with #DenimDay and #OCYD to tell us why YOU wear denim!