April 29, 2020: Denim Day

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Evelyn Rodriguez, Staff Writer

The month of April is considered Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Every April, a certain Wednesday is selected to hold National Denim Day. This year, the day falls on Wednesday, April 29. On this day millions of people wear denim to raise awareness against sexual violence and express solidarity with rape victims.
There are countless victims of these atrocious crimes. Some get the opportunity to speak up while many are forced to hold their silence. The point of this event is to show that they are not alone and will be listened to, because the unfortunate reality is how denim day came to be.
It all started in Italy 1992, when an 18-year-old girl was picked up by her male 45-year-old driving instructor for her first driving lesson. During the driving lesson, the driving instructor removed the girl’s tight jeans before assaulting her. That night when she went home, she informed her parents and they assisted her in pressing charges. The driving instructor was convicted of the sexual assault and sentenced to jail.
After an overturned conviction that resulted in the predator being released from jail, women of the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans at the steps of the Supreme Court. In turn, this gained international media attention and would then influence the California Senate and Assembly to hold their own protest at the steps of the Capitol in Sacramento. The Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, Patti Occhiuzzo Giggans, heard of the protest and thought everyone should participate, thus creating Denim Day in L.A. Every year since, a Denim Day in L.A. has been held and now with over 20 states participating and observing.
Millions of people come together to support and form a discussion that has long been neglected. The cause to fight against sexual violence has grown through the advocacy of the survivors on social media and their supporters. Support the cause and wear denim April 29, 2020.