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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On April 29th, we will be honoring victims/survivors of sexual assault by wearing denim.  The history of Denim Day goes back to 1992, when a 45 year old a driving instructor was accused of rape.  When he picked up an 18 year old girl for her first driving lesson, he allegedly raped her for an hour, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her.  Later that night she told her parents and her parents agreed to help her press charges.  While the alleged rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1998 because the victim wore tight jeans.  It was argued that she must have necessarily have had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual, (“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”).  The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision “it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them.”  As of 2008, the Italian Supreme Court has overturned their findings, and there is no longer and “denim” defense to the charge of rape.

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