Wear jeans to support survivors of sexual violence on Denim Day, April 27

Marquette is honoring survivors of sexual violence by celebrating Denim Day on Wednesday, April 27. Show your support for survivors of sexual assault by wearing jeans on Wednesday to call for an end to myths surrounding sexual violence.

The Student Wellness Center will host a Denim Day Speakout at 6 p.m. on the Central Mall lawn. Students and staff will share their experiences with sexual assault. Campus resources will be present and pizza will be provided. Contact the Student Wellness Center with any questions.

Follow Denim Day on social media and share your support virtually with #MarquetteDenimDay.

For the past 21 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day Campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally sparked by a ruling by 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. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.