Denim Day was born from an Italian Supreme Court case in which a judge overturned a rape conviction - stating that because the survivor was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her perpetrator remove them thus "implying consent." The following day, women in the Italian Parliament who were incensed by the decision wore denim to show solidarity with the survivor. Denim Day has become a day to show support for survivors of sexual violence and to combat victim blaming and other pervasive attitudes that hold up rape culture.
We invite all members of the Barnard community to wear denim on April 24th in a show of solidarity with those who have experienced sexual violence and to state that sexual violence and victim blaming has no place on our campus or in our society. Special Denim Day pins can be picked up in front of the Being Barnard office at 122 Reid Hall or at our Denim Day table on April 24th from Noon to 2 PM in the Diana Center Lobby.
For those who wish to show your solidarity online - take a photo in your denim or with your pin (make sure you have consent from everyone in the photo), tag Being Barnard on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram and use #BarnardDenimDay. All photo submissions will be entered to win a SAAM water bottle and tote bag.