In honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month, Upper School students and staff participated in Denim Day on April 23. The day helped raise awareness about sexual violence against girls, women, and even boys and men.
What is the meaning behind Denim Day? The campaign was triggered 15 years ago when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction. The court felt that the victim, who was wearing tight jeans, helped the assailant remove her jeans, therefore, implying consent. The day after the ruling, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work 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.