Officials from the Center for Women and Families, Kentucky Commission on Women, Verizon Wireless and a local rape survivor are encouraging the Louisville community to wear jeans on Denim Day, which is set for April 29, 2015, to raise awareness of, and correct misperceptions about, sexual assault.
Denim Day began in Italy in 1999 when the Italian High Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. Women of the Italian legislature protested by wearing jeans the next day and the observance of Denim Day worldwide had begun. Today, all around the world, organizations coordinate community-wide Denim Day events to show support of survivors and raise awareness about the crimes of sexual assault.
Officials will also bring awareness of safety for women and men during Derby week. This week has the highest reported number of sex trafficking incidents in Louisville, according to the Center for Women and Families.