More information about Denim Day 2021 coming soon!

Denim Day, which is an initiative of Emory's Office of Respect, seeks to support survivors and raise funds for the office. The Office of Respect serves as the central hub for sexual and interpersonal violence prevention programs, as well as efforts to create a more survivor-supportive campus community. Denim Day is an worldwide awareness day and more information about it can be found here: 

History of Denim Day

An Italian Parliament in 1999 overturned a 1992 rape conviction based on the victim’s clothing. According to the decision, the woman was wearing tight jeans and could only have been taken off with her help, and therefore must have given consent. This decision led to protests in Italy where women wore jeans showing support for the victim.

Why should I participate?

The community organization Peace Over Violence developed and organized the country’s first Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it in 1999. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this campaign, we ask Emory campus community members including faculty/staff and all students to make a social statement with their fashion—wearing denim as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. 

Additional ways to keep the conversation going around ending sexual violence on Denim Day and throughout the year:  

  1. Recognize that sexual and interpersonal violence impacts all members of our campus community—regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, documentation status, or any other demographic.
  2. Collaborate with the Office of Respect to arrange a virtual training or discussion for your class, student organization, department, or office.
  3. Familiarize yourself with Emory’s policies and resources to address sexual and interpersonal violence.
  4. Consult with trained professional staff at the Office of Respect to find out how you can support students, family members, friends, and colleagues impacted by sexual and interpersonal violence.
  5. Don’t blame survivors for the violence perpetrated against them & speak up when someone makes a comment that blames survivors.
  6. Know the definition of affirmative consent and do not have sex without consent; know that silence does not equal consent.
  7. Think critically about how the media and society depict sexuality and relationships & challenge portrayals that perpetuate violence, oppression, and discrimination.
  8. Lobby your local, state and federal legislators for funding for anti-sexual assault programs.

Content Disclaimer: Denim Day is an international event to raise awareness about sexual violence. This content is sensitive in nature and may cause uncomfortable feelings or be difficult to engage with. Please contact the Office of Respect’s 24/7 hotline at 470-270-5360 if you would like to be connected with an on-call advocate.

If you have been a victim of sexual or interpersonal violence, stalking, or sexual harassment, there is help and you are not alone. The Office of Respect is a resource available 24/7 for currently enrolled Emory students by calling: 470-270-5360