Wearing jeans with a purpose on “Denim Day”

Wearing jeans with a purpose on “Denim Day”
LEWISTON, ID - April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month and Thursday is "Denim Day" one of the biggest awareness campaigns around the country.

Denim Day came about in 1999 when an Italian court overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans, which they said couldn't have been removed without the victim's help. Since then, wearing jeans on "Denim Day" has been a way to show their support for the victim.

"It brings awareness to the myths that surround sexual assault," said YWCA Volunteer Coordinator Whitney Lohman.

The judgment sparked a protest over myths and attitudes that often blame the victim. The last event for Sexual Assault Awareness month is Thursday evening where a survivor will be sharing her sexual assault story at the YWCA.