On an ordinary Wednesday, DU faculty and staff members wouldn’t typically wear jeans to work. However, the entire University of Denver community is encouraged to wear jeans on April 27.
“Denim Day” is part of a public campaign to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The denim-themed event was formed because of a 1998 Italian sexual assault court decision in which the head judge argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help [the perpetrator] remove them … and by removing the jeans … it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
A “Take Back the Night” rally also will be held at 6:30 p.m. on the Driscoll Green. DU’s Gender Violence Education and Support Services will host the rally, which is intended for DU staff, faculty, students, friends and allies to reclaim their right to be safe and live without the fear of violence.
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