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University Health Clinic and Counseling Services: Denim Day

April 24, 2013

Make a social statement by wearing denim.

Every 2 minutes someone in America is sexually assaulted. On Wednesday, April 24 it’s time to talk about it. Speak out against sexual violence by wearing denim. 

In 1992 an 18-year-old in Italy was picked up by her driving instructor to begin a driving lesson. Soon after, she was raped on the side of the road by the instructor. She pressed charges and won her case. The instructor appealed, and the case went to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the court overturned the conviction with a member of the High Court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself, therefore the victim must have willingly participated. Women of the Italian Legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans. As the news of the decision spread, so did the protest. In April 1999 the state of California established the first Denim Day in the United States.

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Love your life. We’re here to help. Call us at 325-942-2171 or go visit the Health Clinic and Counseling website for more information. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, contact the Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center at 325-658-8888 or Toll-Free at 800-656-4673.