Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Denim Day Discussion- Lunch will be provided
Wear jeans all day in support of Denim Day, a day to bring awareness to recognizing that sexual violence is everyone's issue, participating in a national conversation about rape and sexual violence with hash tags #GearUp #DenimDay, supporting survivors and not blaming victims, and engaging in healthy and violence free relationships. Take the pledge here
Come join us for a lunch-time discussion, led by the Caltech Feminist Club, about the history and meaning of Denim Day. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask everyone to make a social statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
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, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. This year's Denim Day is April 27, 2016.
This event is open to the entire Caltech Community (staff, faculty, students, & postdocs)