Wear Denim Day takes place on the UBC campus every year in the middle of January. This year’s Denim Day will be on Wednesday January 15, 2014.
Denim is a symbol of the misconceptions surrounding sexual violence. Denim Day started in Italy in 1998, when the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The court stated that because the jeans were tight, the victim had to help remove them and thereby gave consent to her attacker. The ruling sparked widespread protest. On the day after the decision, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans and carrying placards.
Learn more on the Sexual Assault Awareness Month website.