Jeans 4 Justice (J4J) is an organization and movement that uses fashion, art, fitness, performance and other “creative wellness outlets” to work toward sexual violence prevention. These creative outlets are vehicles for delivering this messaging to individuals who may not be reached via traditional programs.
“J4J believes in a community-driven model of social change that first brings awareness of an issue, educates on how to be an active bystander, and finally empowers participants as leaders in the movement to end sexual violence. We also believe in the infinite power of the individual, and that transformation and leadership happen from the inside out. When one person commits to making a shift in their own life by making powerful, compassionate and loving choices, they create a ripple around them that can cause change throughout generations.”
[J4J Belief Statement]
Jeans 4 Justice’s mission stems from a 1999 High Italian Court case. A rape conviction was overturned because the victim was wearing jeans. The perpetrator was found guilty in 1998, but the ruling was overturned in an appeals court with the argument that tight jeans can only be removed with a woman’s consent. The court concluded, “It is common knowledge… that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them… and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” Italian women wore jeans to parliament in protest and the campaign has spread worldwide since.
The St. Norbert College Circle K is hosting a series of events in recognition of sexual assault awareness month (April). They will be sharing the mission of Jeans 4 Justice as well as incorporating their own events.
Tuesday, April 22nd
- Circle K members will be in Michels Commons sharing the mission of Jeans for Justice from 5:00-7:00 pm
- Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to sign their support on a pair of mini jeans
- Advocates will receive a teal ribbon and the Jeans 4 Justice story
Wednesday, April 23rd
- Official Jeans 4 Justice day
- Wear denim to show your support
- Stop by Boyle between 11 am – 2 pm to support Circle K’s bake sale (*All proceeds will be donated to Golden House.)
Thursday, April 24th
- Kelly and Becca will be speaking as a part of their Let’s Talk About “IT!” program on sexual assault and ways of prevention: Fort Howard Theatre 7 pm
Friday, April 25th
- Stop by the Campus Center and check out the display recognizing J4J!
St. Norbert Circle K is proud to bring this grassroots, sexual violence prevention campaign to campus. It is an opportunity to spread the Jeans for Justice mission and make a difference. Join them as they fight against sexual assault and stand up for a just world. Join the week-long J4J event page on Facebook so you can stay up-to-date.