On Wednesday, millions of people across the world will wear jeans for the 20th annual Denim Day - in support of survivors of sexual assault. Nevada law makers will officially recognize the event during Wednesday’s session of legislature.

The campaign dates back to a rape case from the 1990's heard at the Italian supreme court: "Where a judge dismissed charges against a rapist, saying that the victim's jeans were so tight that she had to consent 'cuz she had to help take off the jeans,” explains Sue Meuschke with Nevada Coalition To End Domestic And Sexual Violence.

Angered by the decision, women in the Italian parliament showed up the next day in jeans. The protest has continued annually, ever since.

The first Denim Day in the US was launched the following year, during April - which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. 

"To bring awareness that sexual violence needs to stop and that people are talking about it more,” shares Clarice Charlie Hubbard, with the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Family Violence Prevention Program.

Everyone is encouraged to participate by wearing denim on Wednesday, April 24.

IF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, IS A VICTIM OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE THERE ARE RESOURCES AVAILABLE

CRISIS SUPPORT SERVICES of Nevada

Sexual Assault Help Line

Call 1 (775) 221-7600

Free, confidential support at any time, 365 days a year. Ayuda en Español

Call 1 (800) 273-8255

Text CARE to 839863