Today is Denim Day – In Support of Sexual Assault Victims Who Are Blamed for Their Own Assaults

Kris Losee of Lamothe Law Firm in New Orleans by Kris Losee

To support sexual assault victims who are wrongly blamed for the assaults perpetrated against them, Denim Day was born. Denim Day always takes place in April, which is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

Since 1999, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol against destructive attitudes surrounding sexual assault that blame victims. The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered by a ruling in 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 the rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

Engage in Denim Day with local organizations such as New Orleans Family Justice Center, Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault, and Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response!

LaFASA is holding their 3RD ANNUAL EVENT & AWARDS CEREMONY DENIM DAY today in Baton Rouge. You can participate in person or on Facebook Live.

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