Today is Denim day is the day we band together and wear denim in hope to stop rape and all sexual violence and its extremely personal to me and countless others.
So what Denim day all about?
In Rome in 1992, a 45-year-old driving instructor was accused of rape. When he picked up an 18-year-old girl for her first driving lesson, he allegedly raped her for an hour, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her. Later that night she told her parents and her parents agreed to help her press charges. While the alleged rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1998 because the victim wore tight jeans. It was argued that she must have had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual (“because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them…and by removing the jeans…it was no longer rape but consensual sex”). 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.”As of 2008 the Italian Supreme Court has overturned their findings, and there is no longer a “denim” defense to the charge of rape.
It makes me ill that victims are told it is their fault because of clothing?!?! That is UNACCEPTABLE! There is NO excuse and NEVER an invitation to rape!
Join me by wearing denim to show your support of survivors. There is NEVER an excuse…NO means NO…no excuses!
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