THE BRONX - Borough residents participated in Denim Day today at City Hall to support Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Denim Day originates from an early 90s court case in which a woman in Italy claimed to have been raped. The defense argued that there was no way she could have been raped because she was wearing jeans that were very tight. The case was eventually thrown out.

Since then, Alexandra Smith, of Start Strong Bronx, along with her former
colleagues, began a movement that has reached every state in the nation.

"Basically, based on her jeans, the rapist was not convicted," said Smith. "Colleagues of mine at Peace Over Justice in Los Angeles started Denim Day over 20 years ago and now it's blossomed from coast to coast."

Representing the Bronx at City Hall today was Shabel Castro, a junior at Lehman College, who won an essay contest on the issue of sexual assault.