On Thursday, April 26th Oxy students will stand together, clad in their tightest jeans, against sexual assault violence and give voice to allies and survivors alike. Started by the Peace Over Violence organization in 1999, Denim Day participants—men and women—wear jeans in solidarity, “to make a social statement with their fashion statement” and protest the false impressions that surround sexual assault. The jean wearing specifically regards a case from the 1990s in Italy where a man was released from charges of rape because the judge argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
Many groups on campus, including the ASOC, IJM, OCE, and ICC, as well as Greek Life and Athletics, support this event. We at Her Campus Oxy want, no only to give all you ladies fun stories, but also to instill that a Her Campus woman is an engaged and strong woman. So please support this day and throw on some sexy Levis and stand proud.