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ANCHORAGE, AK- Jeans are comfortable and stylish but Thursday's denim represented something more than just threads.
Men and women across the nation dressed down to protest sexual assault.
"So in 1998 there was a case in Italy where a teenage girl was raped by her driving instructor," says Megan Young, STAR Events Coordinator.
The Italian Supreme Court ruled that because the 18-year-old girl's jeans were so tight, her 45-year old driving instructor must have had her help to take them off, thus making the sex consensual.
"I just thought it was ridiculous and thought, how could you even put up with that kind of junk, its just junk," says Shauna Tomilson, Flight Attendant.
"Women in Italian Parliament wore jeans to protest the Supreme Court, saying jeans are an alibi for rape. So that's kind of how Denim Day started here in Anchorage," says Young.
Standing Together Against Rape partnered with Era Aviation at Ted Stevens Airport to thank Alaskans for wearing denim and to inform others who were not aware of the protest.
"I think a lot of people have been shocked about the fact that this even happened in the late 1990's. In today's day and age its hard to imagine that such a thing would happen but it did and in fairly recent history," says Young.
And with Alaska having a rape rate of 2.6 times the national average, it is especially important that there are days like today to promote awareness.