👖👖👖👖👖👖👖Today is Denim Day👖👖👖👖👖👖👖!
Denim day is a day to bring awareness to sexual assault and rape. Here’s a quick read I put together…
I’ll save you all a google search on how “Denim Day” came to be, but in Italy in the 1992, a 18yo girl was taking a driving lesson from a 45yo male instructor. This married man had her drive to an isolated road, got one leg out of her tight jeans, and raped her. He has her drive them back to her home, and threatens to kill her if she tells anyone.
Scared, the girl tells her parents the next day about what happened and the man was arrested and charged with “sexual violence, private violence, rape as sexual harassment, personal injury, obscene acts in a public place, and personal violence”. Of those charges, he was only convicted of “obscene acts in a public place” in 1996.
An Italian Prosecutor appealed the decision to the intermediate court, and the decision was overturned, and the man was convicted of ALL charges and sentenced to 2 years, 10 months in Prison.
Then man appealed to the Italian Supreme Court.
In 1999, Italy’s highest court ruled in favor of this man. They stated the “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
This prompted outrage, to which women in the Italian Parliment wore jeans in protest and held placards reading “Jeans: an alibi for rape”.
It was not until 2008 when the Italian Supreme Court essentially overturned its previous ruling by upholding the conviction of a 37-year-old man who was accused of molesting his partner’s 16-year-old daughter from a previous relationship by “inserting his hand inside the front of her jeans.
As recent as 2010, a man was acquitted of rape in Australia after the jury agreed that the victim could not have been raped because she was wearing skinny jeans.
It was when I read about the origin of Denim Day that I felt compelled to do something locally, and that was to raise money for the Women’s Shelter through CFBH and it’s members.
We have an Athlete who has his employer matching CFBH’s total donation up to $1500!!!
Right now, we’re at $80. 🤷🏽♂️ 😟😟😟
If everyone gave even $5, we’d beat last year’s total ($500).
Please support the WomenShelter of LB with a small donation at https://denimfran2017.eventbrite.com
Love you guys! –Nick Marantz
2017 04 26