This year, Denim Day will be honored on Wednesday April 28th 2021. Denim Day was established in 1999 by the Peace Over Violence organization, as a response to an Italian court case. In 1992, a judge ruled to overturn a sexual assault conviction after stating that the survivor’s jeans were so tight that she must have helped remove them, thus implying consent. The following day, women in the Italian parliament wore jeans to protest this decision and Denim Day was founded. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against problematic myths and attitudes around sexual assault. This prevention education campaign asks community members to make a statement by wearing jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that harm survivors and others impacted by sexual assault.
Students, faculty, staff, and all members of the Harvard community are encouraged to participate in Harvard Wears Denim, as part of the Denim Day movement. We are collecting posts for this challenge to be shared on the GSAS Student Center's three social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
For more information on how to participate, please visit this page.