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Why I’m wearing jeans to work tomorrow

Denim shout-out! – Promoted by Rosi Efthim

In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction, arguing that “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

The women of Italy’s parliament were so rightfully enraged that the next day they wore jeans to work in protest, and Denim Day was born. The first Denim Day was recognized in the United States shortly thereafter by the California legislature in 1999, and it has spread throughout the country ever since.

I’m proud to have sponsored legislation which was signed into law in January, making New Jersey the latest state to recognize Denim Day on April 28th. It’s a day to raise awareness and educate the public about sexual assault and rape.

So tomorrow, I’ll be wearing jeans to work, and I urge all New Jerseyans to do the same, no matter what your usual dress code is.

And if you’re in Bergen County, join the YWCA of Bergen County Rape Crisis Center for their third annual “Denim Day in NJ” in Bergen County at 11am at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. You can RSVP and get more details on their facebook page.