Hundreds don denim to stand in solidarity with sexual assault survivors

Survivors and allies tell News 12 that they’ll continue sharing their stories and wearing their denim to make sure no one forgets the importance of consent.

Mary-Lyn Buckley and Adolfo Carrion

Apr 24, 2024, 10:11 PM

Updated 35 days ago

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and hundreds in Brooklyn wore denim from head to toe to stand in solidarity with sexual assault survivors on National Denim Day.
Survivors shared their stories to allies outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Attendees showed off some of the most innovative denim looks before hundreds marched to Foley Square in Manhattan.
This marks the 25th anniversary of the worldwide campaign. It started back in 1999 after an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape because the victim was wearing jeans – the court ruled that jeans were too tight so the victim had to help her attacker take them off.
“It’s important for us to be here and celebrate and wear our denim and all our facets, our jackets and our jeans… it’s not just about what we wear, it’s who we are,” said survivor Cyrene Renee.
Survivors and allies tell News 12 that they’ll continue sharing their stories and wearing their denim to make sure no one ever forgets the importance of consent.


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