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Denim Day

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On Wednesday, April 27th, we wore jeans (or any denim clothing) with a purpose: a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

Check out the Instagram hashtags #saamatstanford and #WhyIWearDenim to explore photos and highlights from conversations we had about how to prevent sexual violence and support survivors at Stanford University and beyond. Additionally, be sure to follow our Instagram, @shareatstanford, where we will be shared some Denim Day quotes from our community. 

What is Denim Day?

For over 20 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 denim 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 SHARE to arrange a virtual workshop for your class, department, or office.

  4. Familiarize yourself with Stanford policies and resources to address sexual violence.

  5. Consult with trained professional staff at SHARE and the Confidential Support Team to find out how you can support students and colleagues impacted by sexual violence.

  6. Don’t blame survivors for the violence perpetrated against them & speak up when someone makes a comment that blames survivors.

  7. Know the definition of affirmative consent and do not have sex without consent; know that silence does not equal consent.

  8. Think critically about how the media depicts sexuality and relationships & challenge portrayals that perpetuate violence, oppression, and discrimination.

  9. Teach your children, friends, parents and peers about the myths and realities of sexual assault.

  10. Find out what your local K-12 school board’s policy is on sexual and relationship violence prevention education and get involved. If it is not proactive, change it.

  11. Lobby your local, state and federal legislators for funding for anti-sexual assault programs

  12. If you have been a victim of sexual or relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, know there is help.

Red text on white background that says "Why will you wear denim?"

PAST DENIM DAY EVENTS

Collage of students wearing denim for past denim days
Collage of students wearing denim for past denim days