Students at Sleepy Hollow High School were encouraged by the school’s Student Government and Feminism Club to wear denim for a purpose. On Apr. 30, the two clubs teamed up to host Denim Day, asking participants to wear denim jeans to educate others and support survivors of sexual assault.
For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after 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 the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.
The clubs invited students to sign pledges at information tables and contribute donations to help victims of sexual assault. A representative from Hope's Door was also at the event and available to speak with students.