April is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. During this month of education and awareness, Columbia University participates in Denim Day.
The Denim Day campaign began following a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in 1998. A rape conviction was overturned after the justices determined the victim implied consent by helping her assailant to remove her jeans. The next day, the women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work in solidarity with the victim. Since that time, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and dangerous attitudes about sexual assault.
On April 25, 2018, Columbia community members can make a social statement with their fashion statement. Wear jeans on this day as a visible sign of support for survivors of sexual assault, and stop by our tables at Lerner Hall, 10am-3pm, Grace Dodge Dining Hall, 11:30am-1:30pm, and Hammer Ll1 (CUMC), 11am-1pm.
To take the pledge and get involved at Columbia, visit health.columbia.edu/denim]health.columbia.edu/denim.
Learn more about the national movement at denimdayinfo.org.