Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval is encouraging all Nevadans to wear jeans this Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in support of Denim Day. By participating in Denim Day, Nevadans will join an international campaign against sexual assault and sexual violence and demonstrate support for victims of those crimes.

“My administration has been honored to support Denim Day for several years,” Governor Brian Sandoval said. “This year, I am again encouraging all Nevadans to join me in wearing denim this Wednesday, April 25, to show support for the victims of sexual assault and sexual violence. Wearing jeans may be a small step for many, but it means the world to so many others. Please join me.”

Denim Day is part of a movement to raise awareness of sexual assault. The "fashion statement as social statement" stems from a 1999 incident in Italy in which a court assigned blame to a young woman who was sexually assaulted because she was wearing tight jeans when she was raped. Italian elected officials responded by wearing jeans in protest and denim has since become a symbol of the need to prevent sexual assault. The Governor's Office will be participating in this important public awareness initiative. Participants can submit their pictures and join the conversation on twitter by following #DenimDayNV or #DenimDay18.