Fort Belvoir, Virginia –
On April 24, millions will don denim to support survivors of sexual assault and raise awareness about all forms of sexual violence. The Defense Logistics Agency SAPR office encourages agency civilians to wear their jeans for a purpose.
The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because 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. The Italian Supreme Court has since overturned their findings, and there is no longer a "denim" defense to the charge of rape.