Annual 'Denim Day' campaign is April 26

Apr 13, 2017
Photo by: Donated

Denim Day  will take place Wednesday, April 26, in support of the “No More” (excuses for sexual assault) campaign. Across the country, millions across the country will wear denim to address one of the major misconceptions about sexual assault, which is that what someone wears is an excuse for rape.

Sexual assault and rape is a crime and there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape.

This international campaign is being promoted locally by the Haywood County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, including REACH of Haywood and Haywood Community College.  There are Denim Day jeans displays in various locations throughout the county.

On Wednesday, the task force will have a display in front of the Haywood Community College library and will hand out stickers to students and staff.

Denim Day began in 1999 in response to an assault in Italy. A married 45-year-old driving instructor picked up his 18-year-old student for her first driving lesson, then took her to an isolated road and raped her.

Although a lower court found the rapist guilty, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction because, in a statement from the chief judge, “since the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to help remove them and thus it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action spread around the world and has continued every year since.

Those who would like to participate or wish to pick up a sticker, visit REACH of Haywood County at 627 N. Main St., Waynesville.

If you, your friends or your office staff wear denim, send a picture to reachofhaywood@att.net. For more information, contact REACH of Haywood at 456-7898.