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Wear Denim April 25 to Raise Sexual Assault Awareness

April 12, 2018
Wear Denim April 25 for Sexual Assault Awareness

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Compass Family & Community Services invites community members to help raise awareness of sexual assault on April 25 by wearing denim.

“Denim Day” is an international campaign to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Denim Day began after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in protest of the ruling and in solidarity with the victim.

The Denim Day campaign was developed in response to this case and wearing jeans during this annual event has served to challenge erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Compass, along with their Rape Crisis and Counseling Center and Sojourner House Domestic Violence program have joined with Someplace Safe Domestic Violence Shelter, Mahoning Valley Sexual Assault Response Team, The Trumbull County Domestic Violence Task Force, and Community Legal Aid to wear denim to dispel harmful myths about sexual violence and survivors of sexual assault.

There is no cost to participate. Compass will be collecting photos from groups who participate April 25 to use on social media as a part of this awareness campaign. Photos can be shared through email or through social media tagging to the Compass Family & Community Services Facebook page.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.