What is Denim Day? This day happens around the world in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Denim Day is based on the findings of a judge in Italy in 1992, who overturned the conviction of a driver instructor (who raped his much younger driving student) based on the fact that she was wearing jeans. Cause, you know, jeans are hard to remove, so she must have taken them off herself and really wanted to have sex with him. *sigh* So around the world, people wear jeans and host educational events on Denim Day.
I was honored to be able to speak before City Council, as San Diego took a stand against sexual assault by declaring April 26, 2017, Denim Day San Diego. I spoke about the confusion around, and importance of, sexual consent. I asked: Do we want to live in a culture of coercion, or a culture of consent? Do we want to live by assumptions, or live instead by clear communication, respect, and compassion -- even when it's awkward and uncomfortable? The Center for Community Solutions accepted the Proclamation, for their important work around sexual assault and relationship violence prevention and education. Thank you San Diego for taking a stand to allow all of us more of a choice in how we use our voice.
Here is the two minute video clip of what I shared to the City Council and others interested in this topic:
~Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego Sexologist, Sociologist, Sexuality Speaker