Make a Statement with Your Fashion Statement- Wear Denim in Support of Survivors!
Help Dispel the Myths Surrounding Sexual Violence!
Denim Day in USA will be held this year on
April 29, 2015. This campaign gives people the chance to make a social
statement with their fashion statement while supporting survivors of sexual
assault and spreading awareness about sexual violence. AVA- CASA
will be continuing their support as registered participants for their 8th year
by providing free ribbons to the community.
He appeals the sentence. The case makes it’s all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.
Organized annually by Peace Over Violence, Denim Day in LA and Denim Day USA recall an Italian court case that sparked international outrage when judges did not convict a rapist because the victim wore jeans. The judges ruled that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them, thus implying consent.
Since then, Denim Day in LA and Denim Day USA has grown to become a national movement held annually during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“RAPE IS A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC,” “WHEN DATING BECOMES DANGEROUS” and “NO EXCUSE” are three of the sexual assault excuses highlighted in the ads, which are designed to inspire a critical dialogue about violence prevention. Materials are available for purchase at http://shop.peaceoverviolence.org/collections/denimday.
, every two and a half minutes, someone is sexually
assaulted. One in six American women have been the victim of attempted rape or
completed rape. 82.8% of intimate partner rapes are NOT reported to law
enforcement. This statistic also applies to Winnemucca. Then why aren’t many
reported to law enforcement? There are several reasons and the biggest one
being that the victim often knows the offender. There are worries of
retaliation, fear the victim “led him on”, humiliation, and embarrassment. In a
small town like ours, the word gets out quickly. Would you, readers, want
everyone knowing about the worst, most invasive and very personal moment of
your life? Another reason is sexual assault exams are not performed locally in
Winnemucca. A victim would have to travel to America for an exam. After a traumatic and very painful experience, many
victims do not want to sit in a vehicle for that long to go through yet,
another painful experience. Additionally, when a victim does choose to have a
sexual assault kit done, they cannot urinate, defecate, eat, drink, chew gum,
smoke, wash any part of their body, brush their teeth, or change clothing until
after the kit is completed. Keep in
mind, they must wait until the time of their appointment in Reno (sexual
assault exams are no longer considered emergency, as they are often made by
appointment now), complete the exam (which can take up to three hours), then
drive back to Winnemucca to shower and rest. The reason for this is sexual
assault kits are done to assist in investigation and prosecution of the
offender. The victim is the crime
scene. As a practice in empathy, can you, readers, understand why some victims
choose not to go through this process? Reno
AVA- CASA is working to expel the myths surrounding sexual violence
and help survivors understand that rape is never their fault. No circumstances,
whether the couple is in a relationship, how the victim was dressed, whether
alcohol or other drugs were ingested: nothing excuses sexual violence.