Northwest Ohio

Denim Day

YWCA of Northwest Ohio Denim Day 


About Denim Day

For the past 19 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Denim Day is April 24, 2019!


How can I participate? 

  1. Contact the YWCA of Northwest Ohio at 419-241-3235 or 
  2. Sign the Pledge at
  3. It only takes a $5 to let the world know that you support Denim Day and know that there is NO EXCUSE TO RAPE 
Join your local YWCA on April 24, 2019 and wear jeans for a statement