Denim Day Strives to End Sexual Violence

On the west steps of the State Capitol in Downtown Sacramento, a large signature board, with pledges from legislators and public-alike, served as the backdrop for the 2017 Denim Day in an effort to end sexual violence.

Denim Day was created after a rape conviction was overturned simply because the victim wore tight jeans. Twenty-five years ago in Rome, Italy, a 45-year-old male driving instructor was convicted and sentenced for the rape of an 18-year-old female. His conviction, though, was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court three years later because it was ruled that, due to the tightness of her jeans, the victim must have assisted the alleged rapist to remove them.

The ruling sparked widespread protests as women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans in a show of solidarity, as did the California State Assembly. Denim Day is campaigned annually in April, which also is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Cal OES provides funding to programs serving victims of sexual assault, as well as domestic violence and child abuse, through its Grants Management Division. The sexual assault programs are designed to address sexual violence through a variety of efforts, including educational training, rape crisis centers and training of forensic medical personnel.

Click here to learn more about the Cal OES Grants Management Division.


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Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

One thought on “Denim Day Strives to End Sexual Violence

  • May 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Your article didn’t mention which day in April was Denim Day. It would be informative to know for future reference.
    Thank you


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