Denim After Dark
In April – which was sexual assault awareness month – our Young Professionals committee hosted the Denim After Dark event to call attention to the issue of gender-based violence. Denim After Dark was inspired by Denim Day, which was started in Italy in the 1990s when a young woman who was raped by her driving instructor brought his case to court. Although the man was initially found guilty, the Supreme Court eventually overturned the decision because the women wore very tight jeans and it was found that she had to help him remove the jeans. The court subsequently changed the rape decision to consensual sex. In 2008, women across Italy wore denim as a symbol of protest against this injustice. Eventually, the protest spread to the US and now Denim Day is now celebrated annually on the last Wednesday in April.
More than 100 guests gathered at the Mailroom in NYC for an evening of entertainment and dancing, hosted by the Metro NY Chapter's Young Professionals. Presenters included survivor, actress and activist Mae Flore and singer, songwriter and activist Denhan.