April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and April 25 is Denim Day.
Denim Day started in Italy 19 years ago after a woman’s sexual assault case was overturned because the Supreme Court believed her tight jeans implied consent. Outraged by this decision, women in the Parliament wore jeans to show solidarity for the victim. The Denim Day movement was born.
I’ll be wearing denim on Wednesday, April 25, because I believe that we need to stop blaming survivors. Join me on Denim Day in making UCF black, gold — and denim.
Let’s Be Clear : Sexual violence is never acceptable. At UCF, we’re dedicated to a safe campus, to prevention education through Green Dot, and to support for survivors through Victim Services.
Here are some members of UCF’s faculty and staff wearing denim in solitary for survivors of sexual assault: