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Wear Jeans on April 29 in Solidarity to Protest Sexual Violence

Event Coincides with the League’s Legislative Action Day

April 17, 2015
Each year in the Capitol scores of normally suit-clad legislators, staff and lobbyists, leave their formal attire at home and instead wear denim.
 
April 29 is not casual Friday. Denim Day is a day during Sexual Assault Awareness Month that people all over the world wear jeans as a way to protest what some allege can lead to sexual assault. The League is hosting its annual Legislative Action Day the same day and city officials traveling to Sacramento are encouraged to wear denim in support of this global effort. The League’s officers, board of directors and staff will all be in jeans.
 
Denim Day started in April 1999, but its origins are in the Italian Legislature. The Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices believed that the fact that the victim had to remove her tight jeans for the rapist implied consent. The day after the ruling, female members of the Legislature came to work in jeans. The tradition continues to grow.


 
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