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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Peace Over Violence presents Denim Day

Every year, Peace Over Violence presents Denim Day, a campaign to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. Here's more information about the event:

In 1998, an Italian Supreme Court decision overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. People all over the world were outraged. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

In 2007, 300,000 people signed up to wear jeans in support of raising awareness about the need to end sexual violence.

In 2008, on the 10th Annual Denim Day, over 600,000 individuals, 350 organizations, 75 businesses, 110 schools, 40 cities in LA county and representatives from over 20 states signed up to support the sexual violence prevention and education campaign Denim Day in LA and Denim Day USA 2008.

On Denim Day, wear your jeans as a visible sign of protest against the myths that still surround sexual assault!

Learn the statistics. Download the press kit.

Also visit Safe Horizon, an organization whose mission is "to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities."

I encourage you to wear jeans on Denim Day no matter where in the world you live!

For recommended books and other notes, keep reading this post at my blog.

3 comments:

Melissa Walker said...

I had no idea about Denim Day! Very cool.

cupcakewitch said...

I didn't know about this either! Cool!

Little Willow said...

:)