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National Denim Day

by | Apr 24, 2019 | Fundamentalism, Patriarchalism, Purity Culture

National Denim Day

“As a part of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, Denim Day encourages wearing jeans as an outward expression for sexual assault survivors and as a visible protest against the myths and misconceptions surrounding the crime of sexual assault.

Denim day observance began in Italy after a 1998 Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction. So the argument went, because the woman was wearing tight jeans, she must have assisted her attacker in removing them, providing consent. The next day, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans. The protests quickly spread.”

I grew up in a culture where women only wore long skirts. If that’s your personal preference, and long skirts float your boat, then by all means, go for it! ?

But if you were taught, as I was, that long skirts protected you from abuse, or that a woman wearing jeans is just asking to be assaulted, then that’s dead wrong. In the numerous times I was abused as a teen, I wore a long skirt EVERY TIME.

Clothing doesn’t protect you. Clothing doesn’t give a man a right to anything. Clothing does not define your worth.

Today I proudly wear my jeans knowing that I hold no guilt or shame for what was done to me. I am a fighter. I am a warrior. I am a survivor. ?




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Emily Elizabeth Anderson is a Christian blogger and rising activist for people who have experienced abuse within a Christian environment.

After growing up in a fundamentalist cult for 23 years and experiencing childhood domestic violence, Emily began her journey to recovery in 2015 and eventually found Jesus to be her ultimate healer. She soon turned her passion for writing into a blog and her story has since been featured on several media outlets including NPR.

She married her best friend, Joshua, in 2020 and together they are passionate about educating on the realities of trauma survival and recovery, as well as supporting survivors they meet through their online community.

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