In 1998, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning she must have helped her attacker remove them. Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous assumptions about rape.
On Wednesday, Apr. 23, All Students for Consent is sponsoring a Whitman College Denim Day. ASC advocates have a consent pledge that all faculty, staff and students are invited to sign, demonstrating their support for active consent in all intimate situations. Pledge signers will be given a denim square with a turquoise ribbon to show their support. The pledge will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of Jewett and Prentiss. Wear your jeans, stop by to sign the pledge and proudly sport your denim square. Please contact Corinne Vandagriff (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Perkins (email@example.com) if you have any questions.