Are you wearing denim on Wednesday? Here is the history of why we Gamma Zeta Alpha, Alpha Psi Lambda and Lambda Upsilon Lambda are wearing denim in support of survivors on the last Wednesday of April.
In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction in which an 18-year-old student in Italy was raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor during a driving lesson in 1992.
They ruled that because she was wearing tight jeans, there must have been consent.
In an act of solidarity, women lawmakers wore jeans to work and protested on the steps of the Italian Supreme Court.
Solidarity actions soon spread around the world, starting in Los Angeles in April 1999.
We wear denim on the last Wednesday of April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to support survivors and to spread awareness and education around sexual violence.