Dressed in Denim for a Cause

Since Denim Day started in 1999, people skip their business attire for denim jeans to show support for an important cause – Denim Day. According to the Denim Day website, the campaign was originally triggered by a ruling from the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

In honor of Denim Day and April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, agency representatives, legislators and community members came together today at the State Capitol to bring attention to misconceptions about sexual assault and to show their support to end sexual assault.

“We continue to be impressed and inspired by the extraordinary efforts and steadfast dedication of every advocate, every administrator and every volunteer in this area,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “Cal OES is also committed to continue the support to eradicate sexual violence and provide the comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault.”


The Cal OES Victim Services Grant Division provides funding to programs serving victims of sexual assault, as well as domestic violence, child abuse and victim/witness. The sexual assault programs are designed to address sexual violence through a variety of efforts including education and training, rape crisis centers, and the training of forensic medical personnel.

To learn more about the Cal OES Criminal Justice, Emergency Management & Victim Services Grant Programs click here.

Visit www.denimdayinfo.org for more information about the Denim Day movement.

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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