Thursday, April 28th, 2016
The Denim Day campaign across the world originated as a result of an Italian Supreme Court decision in 1999 that overturned a rape conviction because the female victim wore jeans. The Italian court reasoned that because the jeans were “tight,” the victim must have helped her attacker remove them, and that demonstrated consent.
Wearing jeans has since become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault that place the blame on the victim and ignores the coercion, threats and violence that accompany sexual assault.
“Morris Cares, the Sexual Assault Center for Morris County deals directly with residents who are the unfortunate victims of brutal sexual violence, and provides victims of sexual assault, as well as their loved ones, with specialized care in a supportive, nonjudgmental environment; and provides primary prevention education to heighten awareness on issues of sexual violence and gender stereotype,’’ the Morris County Freeholders stated in a proclamation declaring April 24 as Denim Day.
The proclamation “calls attention to, and helps dispel the myths that still surround sexual assault, and to recognize the diligence of the many dedicated individuals, groups and agencies in the community who are working tirelessly to support sexual assault victims and their families and to prevent sexual violence.’’
According to the federal government:
Morris CARES marked New Jersey’s Seventh Annual Denim Day last Sunday with a free community event at the VFW Hall in Morris Plains with a free “Mind, Body & Spirit” event that included yoga and self-defense demonstrations, self-care initiatives, and booths providing educational resources. Also, survivors of sexual assault shared their stories.