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Raise Awareness by Wearing Jeans
31 March 2013 | 9:47 am
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. CARDV invites you to join us in raising awareness of this widespread crime. One way to get involved is by wearing jeans on April 12th—Denim Day. Denim Day is an international event protesting and remembering an outrageous decision made by the Italian Supreme Court in 1999. History of Denim Day:
, 1992 an 18 year old girl was raped during a driving lesson by her instructor on the side of a remote road. That night, the girl reported what happened to her parents and they took the perpetrator to court where he was prosecuted and sent to prison. The perpetrator later successfully appealed his rape conviction. The judge stated that because the girl was wearing tight jeans that there was no way that the perpetrator would have been able to remove them without her assistance, and therefore the act must have been consensual.** Within the same day as this verdict, women in the Italian Parliament started to protest by wearing their jeans to work.
Today we support this protest by participating in “Denim Day” on a selected day in April by wearing jeans and teal ribbons in acknowledgment of sexual assault awareness month. You can participate by encouraging your employer, or employees to wear their jeans on Friday April 12, 2013. By doing this you can help reject harmful myths about rape and sexual assault. You will join with the thousands of others—worldwide— stating that sexual assault is not okay and it is time to stop blaming the victims of this horrendous crime. In addition to Denim Day, there is a full schedule of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, more information coming soon.
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Statistics About Rape:
- Every two minutes, someone in the USA is sexually assaulted. That is 30 assaults each hour; 715 assaults each day; 21,452 assaults each month; and 272,350 assaults each year (RAINN, Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, 2006).
- Of the 1.3 million women living in Oregon, about 230,000 have been raped at least once in their lifetime (Kilpatrick, DG & Ruggiero, KJ., 2003).
- 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men will experience completed or attempted rape at some point during their life (National Institute of Justice, 2006).
- Rape can happen at an early age, with 54% of women and 71% of men first experiencing rape before age 18 (National Institute of Justice, 2006).