National Denim Day is April 25

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day, the Kaua‘i Committee on the Status of Women (KCSW) along with the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i and Hanalei are encouraging all to wear denim on Wednesday, April 25.

“April 25 is National Denim Day and I urge all, including our County employees, to wear Denim as a sign of protest against sexual violence,” stated Mayor Carvalho.

Edie Ignacio-Neumiller, who is a member of KCSW and the Zonta Club of Kaua‘i encourages the public to demonstrate their support for survivors especially on Denim Day.

“No matter what, clothing is never an excuse for sexual violence,” she said. “Denim Day is when community members, survivors, elected officials, business, caregivers, and students, wear denim as a visual statement in support of all survivors and against misconceptions about sexual assault.”

Denim Day originated in Italy where a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans thereby implying consent. The women of the Italian Parliament protested the decision by wearing jeans to work.

For more information about Denim Day, please contact Ignacio-Neumiller at (808) 639-9973.