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!