By Sandra Ziebold
We're having a community event and want to invite you to come. Join us for appetizers, drinks and amazing raffle items. Come and see our new office and learn more about the domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy work that we do. #Denim Day
Do you know the significance of Denim Day?
WHAT STARTED DENIM DAY: In the 1990s, the Italian Supreme Court overruled a rape conviction, stating that since the victim’s jeans were too tight, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying her consent. Due to this the women in the Italian government protested by wearing denim into governmental meetings. Denim Day was started in the United States by sexual assault advocates supporting victims. Denim Day signifies solidarity with sexual assault victims while protesting the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
Denim Day is held to increase Sexual Assault Awareness during Victim's Rights Month and to help dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding sexual assault. The Centers for Hope will be sharing information about Sexual Assault on April 19th at the Indiana State House and will also be hosting a walk on April 26th, 2017 at Monument Circle.
To show support for sexual assault victims Beacon of Hope Advocates will be wearing denim on April 19th and on April 26th (national Denim Day). We encourage you to wear denim too and to stand with us against the destructive attitudes which surround sexual assault victims.
By The Beacon of Hope Team
Starting this Friday! February 24, 2017! 8:00 P.M.!
This is an online fundraising competition set up as brackets just like basketball season’s March Madness, only with non-profits being able to access a wide range of online fundraising tools for each agency to use and personalize!
In order to stay in the competition and move to the next round we need help from ALL of our supporters!
Not sure how Brackets for Good works? Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jskPh8hBh_8
How can you help Beacon of Hope? First we need you to go to https://indianapolis.bfg.org and set up your donor profile as soon as possible; now, today if you have a couple minutes. Then ON THE 24TH text the “Free Throw Code” to the number BFG gives you and Lids will donate $3 automatically to us! Remember you need to text on Friday, February 24, 2017.
Next we really need your financial support too! If all of our supporters can donate at the suggested level of $50 each we can raise enough “Points” (or Dollars $$) and move on to Round 2 of the Tournament! Regardless of the dollar amount you are able to contribute we appreciate your support at any level.
Make sure you ask your friends and family to join our team and give to Beacon of Hope Crisis Center. Be sure to share on all of your social media accounts also. You can help us so much just by sharing and asking others to join in supporting us.
Thank you in advance for your support and may many blessings come your way!
Use the hashtags #BFG17, #BFGIndy, #teamBOH when posting about giving and why Beacon of Hope is your choice this year.
Denim Day is a movement to prevent sexual violence through education and public awareness. April 27th 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. We're asking community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement by wearing denim on April 27th. Wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.
A ruling by the Italian Supreme Court is how Denim Day came about. In this ruling a rape conviction was sadly overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. The women in the Italian Parliament joined in solidarity wearing jeans the next day in support of the victim. Denim Day was born. In response to this case a movement evolved and now this is an annual event and wearing jeans on this day is a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. An L.A. social service agency was the first to establish a Denim Day in the US.
Everyone on the Beacon of Hope team is wearing denim on #DenimDay April 27th to show our support and to do our part to help raise awareness and dispel harmful misinformation about sexual violence and survivors. Join us in raising awareness about sexual violence and consider donating funds to support our victim advocacy programs to help survivors. Invite others to wear jeans along with us for a day.
Donations can be made online or can be sent to: Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc., P.O. Box 34318, Indianapolis, IN 46234. If you have any questions, contact us at (317)731-6131. If you are in crisis, call our hotline at (317)731-6140. For specific questions related to Sexual Assault ask to speak with our Director of Victim Advocacy Services.
Thank you for showing your support for services for survivors of sexual assault on Denim Day, throughout Sexual Assault Awareness Month and all year round!
Your participation on #DenimDay does the following:
1. Creates a supportive force field that makes it possible for sexual assault survivors to reach out for help
2. Promotes prevention through education
3. Encourages change both at an institutional and societal level
4. Makes a statement and when enough of us do it; we make a massive statement
Thanks for making a positive difference!
About this blog
This blog is about our domestic and sexual violence crisis center, Beacon of Hope. We hope you find it full of helpful information, motivation, creativity, serious facts and positivity. We hope that it will help you know what is happening in our center, in our community and with our events. We hope you follow our blog in support of our organization and our mission.