Southern California residents are encouraged to wear jeans Wednesday as National Denim Day, a campaign to bring awareness to sexual violence and rape. Peace Over Violence started in 1999 when a judge overturned a rape conviction due to the victim wearing tight jeans.
An estimated group of over 2 million people are expected to take part in local events in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, April 27th. Denim Day encourages people to wear jeans to support this event and give public awareness to it.
Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck will be joining this event wearing jeans. A press conference for Denim Day will include efforts of LAPD to work through testing their backlog files of DNA rape kits.
Peace Over Violence and 1in6.org — a group supporting adult male survivors of sexual abuse — will be testifying against sexual violence and prevention to the Los Angeles City Council.
Wearing jeans to work in support of Denim Day is a way of speaking out and showing others that it is important for communities to come together and stop sexual violence and rape.