GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Most if not everyone owns a pair of blue jeans and a Triad advocacy agency wants to use your jeans to raise awareness about sexual assaults.
According to Family Service of the Piedmont, every two minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted. One in six boys and one in four girls will experience a sexual assault before age 18.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the agency advocating for the community to take a stand against sexual violence by participating in a day of action. You can do this on Wednesday, April 23 as part of National Denim Day. Family Service wants everyone to wear blue jeans to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault.
According to information from it's website and Family Service of the Piedmont, Denim Day is a movement that arose from the outrage that followed an Italian Supreme Court decision in 1998 to overturn a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. It was argued that she must have necessarily have had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual. The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision "it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them." This ruling sparked widespread protest. Wearing jeans has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Take action by joining universities, colleges, junior high and high schools, businesses, organizations and individuals in Denim Day and wearing jeans on April 23rd!