Denim jeans have special meaning for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In 1992, an 18-year-old girl was raped in Italy by her driving instructor. She initially won her legal case, but then it was overturned by the High Court, which stated that, since she was wearing tight jeans, the rapist could not possibly have done it by himself. She must have removed the jeans and, therefore, willingly participated. The women of the Italian legislature protested by wearing jeans. In 1999, California became the first state to declare a Denim Day in honor of victims of sexual assault.