April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, on Wednesday, April 25, Denim Day will take place at California State University, Monterey Bay, in partnership with the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to wear denim to show awareness of this event.
This day was created in response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision, where the court overturned a rape accusation because the victim was wearing denim jeans. She was an 18 year old girl and he was a 45 year old driving instructor who raped her when she was supposed to learn how to drive a car.
The court ruled that because she was wearing really tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, therefore consenting to what was about to happen. By wearing jeans, we are working to eliminate excuses that occurs when it comes to accepting sexual assault.
There will be an activity fair taking place April 25 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center, East Lounge.