SafePlace Deaf Services - Denim (Blue Jean) Day
We are asking Deaf/HH individuals, organizations, agencies to please wear blue jeans on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 to show your support for women, men and children who experienced sexual assault or rape. We also encourage you to take pictures and post it on our SafePlace Deaf Services program Facebook page on Wednesday, April 25th. If you are not able to post pictures yourself on April 25th, you can email pictures to Nida Din in advance, and she will post them on the Facebook page for you. You do not have to show your face and can take picture of jeans only. You can be creative and use different angles or poses. You can use your organization’s name in the picture.
Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
Time: All day
Location: Post pictures on SafePlace’s Deaf Services Facebook page.
In 1998, an Italian driving instructor raped his young female student. He was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. However, his case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome and the original verdict was overturned. The reason why his case was overturned was that the female student wore very tight jeans. The rapist’s argument was that the female student had to help him remove her jeans in order to have sex. Therefore, he said, she must have consented to having sex with him. The results were outrageous and led to international headlines. Because of this, people in many countries established Denim Day to support the idea that you can be raped, no matter what kind of jeans you are wearing.