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Wednesday 'Denim Day' to protest sexual violence

Posted: April 21, 2009 10:11 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2009 10:12 a.m.

Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.

Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley is encouraging women across the SCV to wear denim to work, to school, or wherever they are going on Wednesday, April 22, to protest sexual violence in all of its forms.

"On Denim Day we unite against the sexual assault of girls, women, boys and men," said DeAnne Joy, advocacy chair for the local Zonta Club. "We stand in support of survivors and break the silence to end sexual violence."

The movement started in 1998, when an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans, reasoning that she must have helped her attacker remove them.

In an expression of outrage, people around the world joined the Denim Day movement, wearing jeans as an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Last year on Denim Day, an unprecedented 600,000 people and organizations signed up to wear jeans in a campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. This year's aim is to double that figure.

Referring to the Italian ruling, Joy reiterated the Denim Day mantra: "There is no excuse and never an invitation to rape."


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