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Jeans For Justice

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APRIL 18th 2014

Why Jeans?

Jeans for Justice is an international campaign aimed at raising public awareness and community action to end sexual assault.

In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. To protest the decision, community members wore jeans to represent that it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted.

Participate in this international campaign to demonstrate support for survivors and intolerance for violence. 

Rally from 12-1pm at the Student Center will include volunteer appreciation and a testimonial by Matthew Deffendall. As Director of First Generation Initiatives, Matthew is a champion of non-violence, social justice and advocacy.

  • Wearing jeans on this day helps build awareness of sexual assault and how it impacts all of us. We must challenge ourselves to move beyond raising awareness and start taking daily actions to end sexual assault.
  • There are simple actions we can take to end sexual assault, such as believing survivors. Every time we do not believe a survivor, we are essentially telling perpetrators that what they are doing is acceptable. This is a harmful message to be sending.
  • Nobody asks for or deserves to be sexually assaulted. Perpetrators are responsible for their choice, and we as a society must make it very clear that we do not think sexual assault is acceptable in our community.


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