By Rachel Birnam
In 1998, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the rape conviction of a 45 year old driving instructor because the victim was wearing tight jeans. It was argued that the 18 year old victim must have had to aid the attacker in removing her jeans, and thus making the act consensual.
The decision led to widespread outrage and protests around the world, and thus Denim Day was born.
On April 22nd, the day the court’s decision was announced; people around the world wear denim in solidarity with the victim.
Wearing denim makes a statement against the misconceptions of sexual assault.