City officials and lawmakers gathered Wednesday to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender-based violence on "Denim Day."
Speakers at a rally on the steps of City Hall included Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Police Commissioner William Bratton.
They and other speakers encouraged men, in particular, to speak out against sexual violence.
"There is no easy answer to sexual assault, but we must not be ashamed or embarrassed to discuss this topic, and we must not assume that because a person wears a certain kind of clothing, they are asking to be raped," Brewer said. "No, no, no."
"We will vigorously investigate and prosecute those who, in fact, would violate the laws as they relate to rape against men or women," Bratton said.
Denim Day is an international event which began following a 1998 court case in Italy.
The judge overturned a rape conviction because the alleged victim was wearing tight jeans, saying she must have helped take them off, implying consent.