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INDIANAPOLIS -- Students, faculty and staff at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will take a stand against sexual assault on Denim Day, April 27, wearing denim to demonstrate their support for sexual assault survivors and as a symbol protesting inaccurate and harmful attitudes about sexual assault.
Denim Day is an annual sexual violence prevention and education campaign that stems from a controversial 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision. The court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. The court argued that the victim would have had to take off the tight jeans herself, and that implied consent.
The women of the Italian parliament protested the decision by wearing jeans.
Other activities to mark Denim Day at IUPUI include Alpha Chi Omega sorority members laying denim in Taylor Courtyard, 815 W. Michigan St. The outreach effort, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., will offer facts and statistics to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse.
IUPUI's Office of Health and Wellness Promotion will distribute denim ribbons and conduct sexual violence outreach in the IUPUI Campus Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Health and Wellness Promotion office is also encouraging faculty, staff and students to take photos of themselves to share with social media to "wash social media with education and support for survivors."
In addition, the office is participating in Denim Day at the Statehouse, along with other community partners, from noon to 1 p.m.