Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence & Wear Denim Tomorrow

Ray Weaver
April 27, 2017

Denim Day started in 1996 after after an Italian Supreme Court decision involving an 18-year-old woman.

While wearing jeans to work for casual day is a common thing, wearing jeans to work on a particular day in late April to protest against sexual violence is an global movement now being recognized in New Brunswick.

"She had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex", the court said. Women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim the following day.

The movement immediately went global with Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Peace Over Violence, organizing the campaign which is now in its eighteenth year.

"It's a day that brings awareness, so it doesn't matter if it's sexual assault against the LGBT, the black community, Hispanic community, it's just one encompassing thing", Sullivan said. On Wednesday, April 26, I invite all City of Milwaukee employees and residents to wear jeans to show support for survivors.

A student holds up a denim frame to pose for

The history of the day stems from a rape case in Rome.

Check out the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. for a complete listing of state-wide events.

Buttons will be passed out at the Denim Day table that say "ask me why I'm wearing denim" to raise awareness.

"What began as a simple act of protest - wearing our jeans to support a survivor in Italy - has become one of our most visible public education campaigns", said Giggans. Thank you for your support.

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