Last Wednesday April 25 was Denim Day, which represents prevention sexual violence.
Here in our State of Nevada, the First Lady Kathleen Sandoval urged everyone to wear denim. She had a press conference at Old Navy to talk about sexual assault and how to prevent it.
The whole month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Governor signed a proclamation declaring the whole month to its awareness. Having the awareness about it and how to stop it is the first step.
It’s sad to know that we know one or two women or men that have been sexual assaulted. The statistics of sexual assault is so high. There are so many people that have been sexual assault that have never report it or even worst never told anyone. Never having a voice and feeling like it was their fault. Having this month and day is giving both women and men a voice to speak out and stop this from happening.
“Denim Day is a campaign to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Denim Day is a call to action for all people to come together by wearing denim as a visible sign of protest against sexual violence. By participating in Denim Day this April, you can play a role in the prevention of sexual violence. Every year we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion and on April 25th to wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.”
A teenage girl was picked up by her 45-year-old old driving instructor for her first lesson. He took her to an isolated location, pulled her out of the car and forcefully raped her. Despite threats that she would be killed if she told anyone, the girl reported the incident, and the case is prosecuted. The driving instructor was convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.
Months later, the perpetrator appealed the sentence, and the case made it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. The case against the driving instructor was overturned, and the perpetrator was released.
In a statement released by the Head Judge, he stated, “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.”
Outraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament began what started out as a protest against the court case by wearing jeans to work. It began an annual international demonstration known as Denim Day. The wearing of jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
We encourage the people in our community to show their support by wearing jeans to work on April 25. It will serve as a visible means of protest against myths that surround sexual assault. Together, we can stamp out ignorance by awareness.
When you participate in Denim Day you:
1. Make it possible for more sexual assault survivors to reach out and find help.
2. Promote prevention through education so sexual violence doesn’t occur.
3. Encourage institutional and societal change.
4. Make a powerful statement without ever saying a word.”
This information is from this website: 2012 DVSAC http://www.dvsac.org/denim-day/
For addition information can be found at: http://denimdayinla.org/