For the past 17 years, @peaceovrviolnce has run its #DenimDay campaign in honor of April’s Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by 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 her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Sending 💙💙💙 to everyone who wore 👖 today as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. We are unified in denim ✌️ #GUESSForProgress