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.