Corpus Christi (KIII news) — During April students at Del Mar College are bringing awareness to the threat of sexual assault.

On Wednesday, students were encouraged to wear denim as part of awareness effort.

Organizers say that it stems all the way back to 1999 when an Italian court refused to convict a man of rape because he said the victim's jeans were too tight.

After the court case the idea of a "Denim Day" was made to combat sexual violence spread internationally.

Another goal of Denim Day is to help survivors understand that they're not alone.

"This is all about spreading the message to survivors, that they are not alone that we believe them. And that they can come to one of us for help," Maribel Arredonel said.

Students were encouraged to write messages of support on their denim jeans.

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