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2018 Denim Day

ASTOP Sexual Abuse Center
Event organized by ASTOP Sexual Abuse Center

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On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018, join ASTOP and individuals all around the U.S. in wearing jeans (denim) to show your support of sexual assault survivors!

We encourage workplaces to ask for a $5 donation per person (that will be donated back to ASTOP) to wear jeans on Denim Day.

Contact us at 920-926-5395 or astop@astop.org in order to participate in this donation.

But... why wear jeans on Denim Day?

In 1997, a 17-year-old girl in Italy was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor during her very first driving lesson. An hour later, he abandoned her in an alley and told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her. Undeterred, she told her parents and pressed charges. As a result, her perpetrator was tried, convicted, and sentenced to jail. Months later he appealed the sentence, taking it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court in Rome. Within days, the case against the driving instructor was dismissed, and he was released from jail. In a statement the head 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.” Enraged by the verdict, many women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work as a call to action—and Denim Day was born!