Calling all Bucks, its time to raise awareness. Deerfield Beach High School’s Student Government Association is encouraging fellow bucks, staff and students alike, to strap on their best pair of jeans on Tuesday, April 26th. This is to help raise awareness about sexual violence on a day trademarked as “Denim Day”. The day became infamous after a court ruling in Rome during the ‘90s, which deemed April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
The court ruling came after a case in which a 45-year-old driving instructor raped an 18-year-old girl during her very first driving lesson. Though the man threatened to kill the girl if she spoke about the incident, she went ahead and told her parents, who agreed to press charges. The rapist was arrested and prosecuted, and later became convicted and sentenced to jail. However, after appealing the sentence, the case made its way to the Italian Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the case was dropped due to the theory that, since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped take them off, making it consensual.
Women of the Italian Parliament were enraged and protested by wearing jeans to work. This movement inspired Denim Day, which first began in California in April of 1999 and has continued every year since.
Don’t forget to show up in a denim worthy pair of jeans and support Sexual Violence Awareness Month.