What Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?



I'm Not In An Abusive Relationship takes on Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. Host Claudia Pahls welcomes a panel from Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services to the show. Our panel: Deborah Hackworth, Director of Advocacy Services; Rose Ludwick, Executive Director of DASAS; Elizabeth Alderson, Licensed Master Social Worker & Therapist.


What is sexual assault awareness month?


What is denim day?


For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her 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 harassment, abuse, assault and rape. In this sexual violence prevention and education campaign we ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

Denim Day is April 24, 2019!


Why denim?


How does sexual assault awareness month help survivors and prevention?


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