By Pachari Middleton
U.S. Army Central
Denim was the uniform of the day at U.S. Army Central as part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM). Denim Day, also known as Jeans for Justice, is observed on the last Wednesday in April, and is the longest-running sexual violence prevention and education campaign in history. Denim Day encourages people to wear jeans in support of sexual assault awareness and to show support to survivors of sexual assault.
It's also a day to battle the misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. Denim Day began more than twenty-three years ago after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction. Because the victim had been wearing tight jeans at the time of her assault, the justices felt she must have helped her attacker remove the pants, which implied consent. This became known throughout Italy as the “jeans alibi.” The next day, women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work as a sign of solidarity with the victim.
Denim Day also reminds everyone that regardless of what someone is wearing, consent is never implied.
Victims of sexual assault can receive anonymous crisis support at the Department of Defense Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247 or at SafeHelpline.org/live-chat. The 24/7 Safe Helpline is completely confidential, and callers can receive help and be connected to resources at their installation, whether in the United States or overseas.
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