‘Denim Day’ supports sexual assault awareness

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–It is not “Casual Wednesday,” but today is a good day to wear denim. Turning Point Domestic Violence Services in Columbus is encouraging the community to wear denim and raise awareness about the problem of sexual assault.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day got its name after an Italian Supreme Court case, where a rape conviction based on what apparel the victim was wearing, was eventually overturned. Originally, 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. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

To participate or find out more information about Denim Day, go to turningpointdv.org.

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