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Wear denim to take a stand against rape

The second annual Denim Day for Douglas County will be on Wednesday, April 24. Someplace Safe invites the Alexandria area to wear denim to show their support for victims of sexual violence and their support against the victim-blaming myths that surround sexual assault.

Denim Day was born from a crime that happened in Italy. In the 1990s, an 18-year-old woman was picked up by her driving instructor for a driving lesson. He took her to an isolated road and raped her.

She reported the crime to authorities, and the driving instructor was convicted and sentenced to jail. Later, he appealed the case, and the Italian High Court overturned the conviction and the case was dismissed.

One of the members of the High Court argued that since the victim wore very tight jeans, the instructor could not have taken them off by himself, therefore the victim must have been a willing participant.

Angered, the women of the Italian Legislature protested the ruling by wearing jeans to work. Their protest was the catalyst that sparked cities in the U.S. to establish Denim Day and it has grown from there.

Someplace Safe encourages members of Douglas County to participate in Denim Day by wearing jeans to work and pledging $1 in support of the Italian woman from this story and all victims who have survived rape and sexual violence.

For pledge sheets, flyers or more information, contact Someplace Safe at (320) 762-1995.