CARSON CITY, NV - April 23, 2019
Governor Steve Sisolak is encouraging all Nevadans to wear denim this Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in support of the 20th annual Denim Day. By participating in Denim Day, Nevadans will join an international campaign against sexual assault and sexual violence and demonstrate support for survivors of those crimes.
“My administration is honored to show our support for survivors of sexual violence,” Governor Sisolak said. “This year, I am encouraging all Nevadans to wear denim tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24th, in solidarity with those who’ve experienced sexual violence around the world. Raising awareness is an important step in our work to eradicate sexual violence from our communities. Please join us by wearing denim this Wednesday.”
Denim Day is part of a global movement to raise awareness of sexual assault. For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a 1999 incident in Italy in which the Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans. The court ruled that the woman’s jeans were so tight, she must have had to help her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. Italian elected officials responded by wearing jeans in protest and denim has since become a symbol of sexual assault awareness and prevention and the need to dismantle misconceptions surrounding sexual assault.
The Office of the Governor will be participating in this important public awareness initiative and encourages Nevadans to join the conversation on Twitter by using #DenimDay.