Blog: Denim Day at Coastline: Why We Wear Jeans

This is a contributor post from Leighia Fleming, Director of Title IX and Student Equity

Today, April 24th, is DENIM DAY! Please wear your denim with a purpose. Need a Denim Day pin? Come to visit Student Services at Fountain Valley Campus and pick one up.

What is Denim Day:

Denim Day was sparked by a 1998 Italian Supreme Court ruling where a rape conviction was overturned after a judge argued that the victim was not raped because the victim “wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.” The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the survivor.

Why we wear jeans:

Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault and change the culture. At Coastline, we are encouraging our staff and faculty to show their support by wearing jeans all day.

What YOU can do:

Wear Jeans & post your own Denim Day photos on social media with the following hashtags:



Wearing denim? Showing support? Show us by using #DenimDayCoastline for a chance to be featured on our stories. Thank you for your support, Coastliners!

For more information on Denim Day, visit or learn about all of Coastline’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities through our previous blog post.

Questions? Contact the Title IX office. We are here to help!

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