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"Denim Day" memorializes a 1992 rape case in Italy that ended in the exoneration of the convicted rapist on appeal when the Italian Supreme Court in 1998 decided the victim must have helped the accused remove her tight jeans, implying consent. The ruling sparked protest, including women in the Italian Parliament who wore jeans and held placards that read "Jeans: An Alibi for Rape."
The protest spread to Los Angeles and women there took up the protest in April 1999.
The wearing of jeans on April 24 represents survivors.
"We can't do this without students," Emily Jones said, and so it's about empowering them so they can have those tough conversations.
"It's on all of us to step up and prevent this kind of violence from occurring," she said. "Not just at UD but around the world."
For the last three years, UD has had about 10 campus notifications each year, with an average of about three relating to sexual misconduct,
"It does not matter if someone is showing a ton of skin, or no skin at all," Emily Jones said. "That does not give anyone any reason take advantage of you, to incite violence upon you."