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Denim Day draws attention to sexual violence

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Denim Day in the USA is a campaign that raises community awareness about the devastating impacts of sexual violence and how you can help bring these issues to light.

The 2014 Denim Day is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23. Organizations around the world show support of survivors and raise awareness in their communities and globally.

Denim Day began in 1992 when an 18-year-old in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. She pressed charges and won her case, but the instructor appealed and the case went to the Italian High Court. In 1999 the court overturned the conviction with a member of the high court declaring that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have removed them himself; therefore, the victim must have willingly participated. 

Women of the Italian legislature protested the decision by wearing jeans.  As news of the decision spread, so did the protest.

Facts:
Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped.
Almost 1 in 2 women have experienced other sexual violence.

Approximately 1 in 5 men have been raped or experienced other sexual violence in their lifetime.

The Center for Women and Families is a strong supporter of Denim Day in the community. You can learn more and help with a donation by visiting thecenteronline.org.

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