Denim Day Boston 2012
This year Denim Day is on Wednesday, April 25th. Denim Day is an anti-rape, anti-violence, anti-victim blaming campaign, using denim jeans as a creative tool to fight against rape and violence in our communities and our world. It is a time to remember that all people have the right to live life without sexual violence, without domestic violence, and without the fear of either, that we all have the ability to fight for that right.
Denim Day is organized by youth, interns, volunteers, and mentors of YEP (the Youth Empowerment Project), a program under the umbrella of the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence.
All day on April 25, we ask that everyone wear denim jeans. Let's protest against rape and violence in solidarity! We ask all that have a custom-painted, anti-violence, denim patch made by YEP folks to wear it on your clothes, your bag, and on anything you have that a safety pin can attach to. The more people we see on April 25th with denim jeans and denim patches on means that there are at least that many people refusing to stand by and let rape and violence continue in our communities. All day on Denim Day, spread the word, raise awareness, and simply talk to someone. But don't just stop there. Talk to someone before and after Denim Day and let's shed the taboo of talking about violence & rape, because being able to talk about it is one step in ending it. Let's break down gender stereotypes, sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, state violence, and oppression of all kinds, because these are the causes of rape and violence.
THE HISTORY of DENIM DAY
In Italy, 1992, an 18 year old woman was picked up by her driving instructor. He drove her to an isolated place, forced her out of one pant leg and rapes her. She tells her parents, the case is taken to court, and he is convicted. He appeals the case all the way to the Italian Supreme Court where the case was dismissed and overturned. The court argued that since she wore very tight jeans, she must have helped him take them off, so therefore it wasn't rape but consensual sex. Enraged by this injustice, the women of the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans.
News of this case made its way to the organization, Peace Over Violence, in Los Angeles where Denim Day L.A. was born as a campaign against sexual violence and victim blaming. The Denim Day campaign eventually spread to cities and states in New Jersey, Missouri, and others. In 2010, the folks of YEP brought Denim Day to the Boston area for the very first time and have continued to do so since...