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Denim Day at Stanford 2018


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We invite you to participate in Denim Day 2018 @ Stanford!

On Wednesday, April 25th wear jeans (or any denim clothing) with a purpose, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

If your department, office, or organization is interested, please let us know at saraoffice@stanford.edu. We can send you stickers and educational materials that will help you show your support and explain the event to others.

On social media be sure to use #DenimDayatStanford and #WhyDenimStanford to share photos and highlights from conversations you have about sexual violence and how you can prevent it.


What is Denim Day?
For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court to overturn a rape conviction. The justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

Why should I participate?
Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses, and students to make a social statement with their fashion—wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

What else can I do in addition to wearing denim?
1. Recognize that sexual violence impacts all members of our campus community—regardless of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or any other demographic.
2. Recognize that people neither ask for nor deserve to be victims of sexual violence—ever.
3. Collaborate with the SARA Office to arrange a workshop for your class, department, student group, or residence.
4. Familiarize yourself with Stanford policies and resources to address sexual violence at notalone.stanford.edu.
5. Consult with trained professional staff at the SARA Office, Confidential Support Team, Title IX Office, and SHPO to find out how you can support students and colleagues impacted by sexual violence.
6. Don’t blame rape survivors for the violence perpetrated against them.
7. Speak up when someone makes a comment that blames survivors.
8. Know the definition of consent and do not have sex without consent.
9. Know that silence does not equal consent.
10. Think critically about how the media depicts sexuality and relationships.
11. Challenge portrayals that perpetuate violence, oppression, and discrimination.
12. Teach your children, friends, parents and peers about the myths and realities of sexual assault.
13. Find out what your local K-12 school board’s policy is on anti-rape and violence prevention education and get involved. If it is not proactive, change it.
14. Lobby your local, state and federal legislators for funding for anti-sexual assault programs
15. If you have been a victim of sexual or relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, know there is help.