|Greetings 1in6 Partners,|
This Wednesday, April 24th, millions around the world will join together in observance of Denim Day, the longest-running sexual violence prevention and education campaign. We at 1in6 are reaching out to invite and encourage your military base or organization to participate.
For the last 20 years, Peace Over Violence’s Denim Day campaign has inspired and mobilized individuals, beginning with an accessible call to action: wearing jeans with a purpose. Denim Day recalls an Italian Supreme Court case that sparked international outrage when a judge overturned a lower court’s conviction of a rapist because the victim wore jeans. The judges ruled that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, thus implying consent.
In its 20th year, the campaign message remains consistent: There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape. Denim Day calls on all individuals, institutions and elected officials to challenge destructive attitudes and myths that surround sexual violence.
Denim Day has garnered support from military bases across the country throughout its history, identifying the campaign as a tool that assists in bringing sexual violence education and resources to survivors in the armed forces. Events that have taken place include simply wearing jeans with a purpose, 5k runs, moments of silence, open mic nights and screenings of films like The Invisible War.
Denim Day 2019 Registered Military Bases to date:
● Army National Guard Professional Education Center
● 1st Calvary Division
● US Army Corps of Engineers
● US Coast Guard Academy Corps of Cadets
● Army Reserve Medical Command
● US Navy – Mine Warfare Training Center
● Louisiana National Guard
● USS Somerset (LPD-25)
● 4th Brigade, United States Army Cadet Command
● Keller Army Community Hospital
● USS George Washington (CVN 73)
● Field Artillery Squadron, 2d Cavalry Regiment
We know that sexual violence thrives in silence. Denim Day may be an opportunity for you to talk about sexual violence in the military, and show survivors that there is no excuse and never an invitation for any form of sexual harassment. By bringing this campaign to your base, you are letting other soldiers know that they are not alone, and that they can all step up and prevent this from happening any more.
To learn more about how you can participate, visit www.denimdayinfo.org.
President & CEO
Peace Over Violence