• LaShawndra Vernon

Why I'm Wearing Denim Today, #DenimDay


Each year, Denim Day takes place at the end of April to bring awareness to sexual violence and help end victim blaming. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

Every year when we participate in Denim Day here in Milwaukee and abroad, I am hopeful it will be the last year we even have to clarify consent in a public protest. And every year as I reflect on the behavior of the public I am reminded that this ain't the year.

Y'all still out here slut shaming, victim blaming, lying and rationalizing rape culture like it's cool. Y'all still debating whether or not anyone can take an action that warrants rape. Y'all still rationalizing dysfunctional behavior because you have co-conspirators. Let me clarify for the people in the back, cause they can't hear:

I could be walking down the street, buck naked with one sock on, singing Bootylicious by Destiny's Child and I STILL didn't welcome you to rape me.

I won't go on and on about this topic today. Instead I will honor my sister warriors that have survived sexual assault and rape and pray that each of you are healed and rise up to do battle against sexual violence. We defeat our enemies in this battle everyday. I got your back when you can't stand because somebody had mine when i couldn't. Just another reminder that we still have more work to do. I love you all and I hope you find your voice and peace.

Are you wearing denim today? Post your pictures wearing denim in the comments and go to instagram and use the hashtake #DenimDayMKE and share your pics in solidarity.


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