Millions of people across the country will wear jeans on Wednesday, April 23 to participate in Denim Day in LA & USA to raise awareness around sexual violence issues and support survivors of sexual assault. Bakersfield College will participate in the event at noon in the Free Speech Area by hanging jeans signed by students, faculty, staff, and administrators who are taking a stand against sexual violence.
Now in its 15th year, Denim Day is organized by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Peace over Violence. Held each April during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Denim Day recalls an Italian court case that sparked international outrage when judges did not convict a rapist because the victim wore jeans. The judges ruled that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, thus implying consent.
Still now in 2014, one in four women and one in six men will experience sexual assault over their lifetime, according to data gathered by Peace Over Violence.
At noon on Wednesday, April 23, Bakersfield College students, faculty, staff, and administrators will stop to sign donated jeans as they pledge to take a stand against sexual violence. Jeans have been donated for participants to sign. Bakersfield College president, Dr. Sonya Christian, and Bakersfield College Student Government Association president Shelby Sward will sign a Bakersfield College proclamation honoring the day.
For more information on Denim Day in LA & USA, visit www.denimdayusa.org.