Denim Day – Wear Jeans with a Purpose!
April 27, 2015
In observance of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Asian Women’s Home encourages all AACI staff and community members to show their support for survivors by wearing jeans to work on National Denim Day on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction. The justices reasoned that, because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them and thereby implied consent. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work the next day. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against victim blaming and other destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Denim Day was launched in California in 1999 as a prevention and education campaign. Since then, states across the country have joined in this effort.
Together, let’s show our support for survivors and protest against destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual violence. Please wear your jeans with a purpose! For more information, visit denimdayusa.org.
Taking the action one step further, Asian Women’s Home will be hosting an origami crane making on the evening of Wednesday, April 29th from 5 – 7pm. The cranes symbolize hope and peace and are handed out during outreach events as a way to speak out and provide awareness on the free and confidential services available. The event will be at 2400 Moorpark Ave Suite 300 San Jose, CA 95128. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.