What is Denim Day? International movement takes a stand against rape – NBC Los Angeles

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time meant to educate the public about sexual violence and how to prevent it.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is the victim of sexual assault every 68 seconds.

Both men and women suffer from this type of violence, as do children. Most child victims of sexual assault are between the ages of 12 and 17.

Campaigns are held every April to raise awareness of this issue, and one such campaign is Denim Day, when people are encouraged to wear jeans or other denim clothing in honor of victims of sexual assault. .

What day is Denim Day?

Denim Day takes place every year on the last Wednesday of April. In 2022, it is April 27. The event encourages people to wear jeans or other denim clothing as a symbol of protest against sexual assault and to raise awareness of misconceptions surrounding the crime.

When did denim day start?

peace over violencean organization dedicated to stopping sexual and domestic violence, launched Denim Day in Los Angeles in 1999.

It was launched as part of an international protest following the 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn the conviction of a driving instructor who had been found guilty of raping an 18-year-old woman during his first driving lesson in 1992.

In the context of the annulled decision, according to Peace website on violencethe chief justice released a statement where he argued, “because the victim was wearing very, very tight jeans, she had to help him take them off, and taking the jeans off was no longer rape but a consensual sex”.

Women in the Italian Parliament began wearing jeans to protest the decision the next day, and the movement has since spread around the world.

What resources are available for victims of sexual assault?

Victims of assault shouldn’t feel guilty for what happened to them, advises RAINN. They are not responsible for anything that happened to them without their consent.

Victims of sexual assault may also find it difficult to move on with their lives. If this is the case for you, you can call the National Sexual Assault Helpline, 1-800-656-4673, which offers free support to survivors of sexual violence.

From there, the hotline will connect you with local sexual assault service providers in your area.

You can also find online resources at click here.

What resources exist in Los Angeles County?

In the Los Angeles area, you can call the hotlines provided by Peace Over Violence. They “provide victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and spousal harassment with emotional support, information, compassion, accompaniment, referral and advocacy services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “.

For downtown Los Angeles, the number is 213-626-3393.

For South Los Angeles, the number is 310-392-8381.

For the West San Gabriel Valley, the number is 626-793-3385.

Services are also available in Spanish.

This article has been translated from Spanish and originally appeared on our sister site Telemundo 52.

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