April is Sexual Assault Awareness month (SAAM) and Cerro Coso is joining the Women’s Center – High Desert, Inc. in raising awareness and honoring survivors of sexual violence by participating in Denim Day on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.
The College encourages everyone to wear their logo wear and denim tomorrow. The Daily Independent will be on campus for pictures at 9 a.m. in front of the West Wing modulars. Come out and join us for a picture showing our support and honoring survivors.
This campaign creates an opportunity for our community to come together and support survivors. Why denim? The campaign was originally triggered by an Italian Supreme Court ruling which overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she was implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Women’s Center – High Desert, Inc. is asking members of our community, elected officials, and businesses to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.