Bronx Borough President, Vanessa Gibson, has joined in the commemoration of Denim Day in the New York City.
Gibson disclosed this in a statement via her Facebook page on Wednesday April 26, 2023.
“Today, we wore denim to commemorate Denim Day in honor of survivors of sexual assault,” Gibson said.
Gibson traced the history of Denim Day all the way back to the summer of 1998 in Italy when the Italian High Court overturned a sentence in a rape case.
“The court maintained that, because the victim was wearing tight jeans that could only be taken off with her help, the act was consensual.
“The appeal sparked outrage. The next day, Italian women wore jeans to protest the absurdity of the overturned sentence,” Gibson said.
She added, “Today and every day, we stand with our survivors. Your clothing is never an invitation for violence and we will continue to hold perpetrators accountable. Thank you for your courage.”