Stritch to commemorate Denim Day April 23

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:50:00 PM

On April 23, Stritch will join countless others in Milwaukee, the state and beyond in commemorating Denim Day -- an international sexual assault awareness campaign.

This initiative began in 1999 following an incident in which an Italian woman was raped by her driving instructor. The perpetrator was convicted of the crime and sentenced to prison. Upon appeal, Italy’s highest court decided that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped the rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.

The verdict was overturned, and people throughout the world have dedicated that day to wearing jeans to highlight the misconceptions that surround sexual assault as well as to support survivors.

Taking place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Denim Day Milwaukee seeks to bring this important message to the Milwaukee area. This year, the city is turning its attention to college and university campuses to enhance the overall level of community support. 

Stritch will support Denim Day through the following initiatives. 

  • Stritch students, faculty, and staff are asked to wear jeans on April 23.
  • Students will sell buttons, bracelets, and key chains in the Student Union and outside the dining hall, and there will also be a pair of jeans available to sign by all those in support of Denim Day. 
  • At 12:30 p.m., all faculty and staff wearing jeans are invited to Bonaventure Hall for a group picture with students who are wearing jeans. 

All money raised through these student initiatives will be donated to the Milwaukee Women's Shelter.

Additional information about this initiative can be found at