ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — This Wednesday marks the 23rd annual Denim Day to provide support and solidarity to survivors of sexual assault.

The campaign was started by the group “Peace over Violence” after a controversial ruling in the Italian Supreme Court.

The court ruled against a rape survivor in 1992, saying that the survivor’s wearing of jeans at the time must’ve helped the attacker remove them and supposedly implied consent.

The next day, women on the court showed up to work in denim and solidarity to support the rape survivor.

There was an art exhibit at Rockford University recognized victims on Wednesday. The idea behind it was to raise awareness around sexual assault, show support and offer resources for survivors.

It also included the “Clothesline Project,” which is done by universities and other agencies around the world.

“So, all of the t-shirts that are hung around the room have been made by the students over the past several years, and they’re able to tell their own stories on the t-shirts or the stories of their loved ones,” said Kristen Clarke, director of Lang Wellness Center.

This is the longest-running prevention and education campaign on sexual violence, which comes as April is recognized as sexual awareness month.

If you are a witness or a survivor of domestic or sexual violence, visit our Stateline Strong page for available resources.