To the Editor: Women’s Center raises awareness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and Women’s Center-High Desert, Inc., is raising awareness and honoring survivors of sexual violence by participating in Denim Day on April 24. This campaign creates an opportunity for our community to come together and support survivors.

Why denim? The campaign was originally triggered by an Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

Women’s Center – High Desert, Inc. is asking members of our community, elected officials, and businesses to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on Wednesday, April 24, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault. In conjunction with Denim Day 2019, a fundraiser is being held called Donate Dollars for Denim. Each donated dollar helps the Women’s Center to invest in more continuing education and training in our community, as well as help with operational costs, such as funding our 24/7 sexual assault hotline. If you would like to join us in this campaign, select one team captain to be the point of contact for collecting donations.

Donations can be given to the Women’s Center on Denim Day or at your earliest convenience.

To RSVP contact me at 760-371-1969 or anelson@wchdinc.org by Thursday, April 18. Upon RSVP, a time will be scheduled for a photo op and when to deliver materials for the event. If you would like more information on this campaign, visit www.peaceoverviolence.org.

Amy Nelson, community education coordinator

Women’s Center-High Desert

Story First Published: 2019-04-05