TSSJ leads Denim Day efforts to educate on sexual violence

Members of Trinity Students for Social Justice (TSSJ) led their peers in taking a stand against sexual assault by participating in international Denim Day on Wednesday, April 28th. Denim Day is a campaign to show solidarity for survivors of sexual assault and to address harmful behaviours surrounding sexual violence. 

Senior School students and staff at Trinity College School were encouraged to wear denim, such as jeans or a jean jacket, for the day. Some even took to social media to post photos of themselves participating, with #denimday, to further raise awareness.

TSSJ members explained the history of Denim Day: “This campaign began in response to the Italian Supreme Court overturning a rape conviction due to their belief that the victim would have had to help remove her tight jeans, implying consent. The following day, local women in the Italian Parliament wore jeans to work to show their support for the victim. Since then, the campaign has gained traction and seen international participation for the past 22 years!”

PeaceOverViolence leads this global awareness day which today involves millions of participants worldwide annually. Among the themes of the Denim Day is to address myths and misconceptions around sexual violence, challenge victim-blaming and other harmful behaviours, support resources for healing and advocate for policy change.

Thank you to TSSJ and to everyone who participated in this important initiative. Learn more about Denim Day at www.denimdayinfo.org/.