Why Denim? International Denim Day | April 27, 2022

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  • By Laura Loftin, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
  • 301st Fighter Wing

Why Denim?   International Denim Day | April 27, 2022

In Italy in 1992, an 18-year old girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year old driving instructor during her first lesson. The instructor drove to an isolated road where he raped her and threatened her life if she told anyone, then made her drive the car home. She told her parents about the assault that night, and with their support she filed charges against the perpetrator. He was arrested and prosecuted, leading to a conviction of rape. He was sentenced to 34 months in prison.

The perpetrator appealed his sentence and the case went to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the conviction against the driving instructor was overturned, the case was dismissed, and the perpetrator was released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he explained the decision by saying, “Because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she would have had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer ra­­­­pe but consensual sex.

The following day, female legislators of the Italian Parliament protested the ruling by wearing jeans to work. This call to action started International Denim Day, when people across the world show their support for victims of sexual assault and protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault by wearing denim. On April 27, 2022, NAS JRB Fort Worth will join other installations in recognizing Denim Day by encouraging ALL personnel (who are able to do so) to wear denim to work.  


Laura Loftin,  LCSW

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

301 FW/CVS NAS Fort Worth JRB

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