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Are you wearing denim?

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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Today is Denim Day and I am wearing denim (and so are my children, lol). Today is a day that needs to be made known to the masses.

Denim Day is probably a day most of you have not heard of. But it is a VERY important day, in my opinion at least. Today is a day we stand together against rape.

In the 1990s in Italy, an 18 year old woman was raped by a 45 year old man. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to jail time. However, he appealed. The appeal judge overturned the sentence. The appeal judge stated that since the accuser was wearing tight jeans she would have had to help take them off. He claimed there was no way this man could've gotten the jeans off of her without help. Ergo, he claimed she consented and wasn't raped. This was in 1999. Since then Peace Over Violence has organized Denim Day in protest of this.

I too was raped while wearing jeans. I was actually wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt since it was the middle of winter. Wearing jeans is still hard for me. It sometimes causes flashbacks. However, today is one day I am proud to wear jeans. Thinking that what a woman wears means automatic consent is absurd. These misconceptions need to be squashed. I am glad to be part of that squashing.

For more information about Denim Day please visit the website, http://www.denimdayinla.org/.

If you are a sexual assault survivor and would like to join a support group, there is one on Facebook calledSurvivors of Sexual Assault Support Group.

In addition, there is always the RAINN organization that can help you. They have a 1-800 hotline number (1.800.656.HOPE) as well as an online hotline

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM
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sweetkennedy3
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:12 PM
WOW thank u so much for posting this! I had no idea of this! Thanks so much for sharing!
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manamott
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM
I had no idea. I'm wearing denim shorts and my son is wearing jeans. Two out of four isn't bad! Thanks for posting this!
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LoveMyBlessings
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I had no clue about this, thank you for sharing!

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