Venice High Commemorates Denim Day

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Zoe Woodrick, News Editor

To honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day, Margaret’s Place Peer Leadership Club will host multiple on-campus events. 

According to Margaret’s Place materials promoting events on campus, Denim Day is a movement where millions of people wear denim attire to support survivors of sexual assault. The day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court ruling that dismissed a sexual assault case because the victim wore tight jeans.  

Denim Day this year is Wednesday, and throughout this week, there will be events including an art contest, a “fact or myth” handout, a raffle, and educational discussions. Students are also encouraged to wear denim throughout this week. 

“There are so many stories that I hear of students being sexually assaulted and sexually harassed,” said Catey Carey, Margaret’s Place Counselor. “There’s a lack of understanding about what to do.”

    A goal Margaret’s Place has this week is to educate the Venice High community on sexual violence and how to combat it, Carey said.  

    “There’s a lack of action from society,” she said. “We hope to correct any inappropriate behavior that someone doesn’t understand.”

    Margaret’s Place and Peer Leadership Club will be working to raise awareness of sexual violence. 

    Freshman Ridhima Arora, a Peer Leadership member, is looking forward to showing off her denim. 

    “It’s important that we honor Denim Day at school. Honoring this story, we are spreading awareness that it is not okay. This tolerance needs to stop,” she said.