Don't hold clothes guilty, hold yourself accountable.


Not only in it’s production and consumption, but the way that is it regulated and policed on our bodies.

Tomorrow, April 26th, is #DenimDay. Denim Day started as a protest in 1999 to an Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The judge reasoned that because her jeans were tight, she would have had to participate in taking them off, making the sexual activity consensual. The foundation of rape culture heavily depends on victim blaming.


The “Skinny Jeans” Defense: What happened in 1997 in still happening today:

○ Korea, 2008: The Seoul High Court overturned a man’s rape conviction because the victim’s “skinny” jeans were found neatly folded by the bed and the victim had a medical record of depression. The court ignored the fact that the victim had endured 20 weeks of medical care as a result of jumping from the sixth-floor room window in an attempt to escape her perpetrator.

○ Australia, 2010: An Australian jury voted to acquit a 23-year old man of rape. The perpetrator avoided conviction because the victim was wearing tight- fitting jeans when the incident took place -- jeans that, according to the defense lawyer, would have been "difficult... to be taken off by someone else unless the wearer's assisting, collaborating or consenting.”

○ Australia, 2011: A fancy dress party ended with a 19-year old woman accusing a man of rape. The events of that night have already been played out in the Sydney District Court. The jury returned a not-guilty verdict and for the second time in the past year, a ''skinny jeans'' defense was used in a sexual assault case.

The impact of rape culture starts in the most innocuous acts: don’t hold clothes guilty. Hold yourself accountable.

Wear denim on April 26th to raise awareness through your knowledge about the connection between coercion, threats and violence. There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape.

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