4/25/12 is Denim Day: Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Campaign

Sure…Brooke was sexy in her Calvins, she was also only 14 years old. And so goes the constant dialectic for women:

Madonna-Whore

A woman is forced to be either a saint or a sinner, but never JUST a WOMAN…or stated more comprehensively:

EVERYTHING A WOMAN IS.

Today is DENIM DAY, after a landmark case in Italy involving  an 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home.

Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator gets arrested and is prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. He appeals the sentence. The case makes it’s all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released.

In a statement by the Chief Judge he argued,

“because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same.

Today http://denimdayinla.org/  asks that:

community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and on this day wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

I  am wearing my denim today…

And my boss just commented, “What’s this all about?!? You never wear jeans during the week.”

And…I told him about Denim Day, it’s meaning and purpose.

And now, one more person knows.

Awareness carries power, so no matter how insignificant you may feel your contribution, one person…tells another….tells another…tells…another…and somewhere along the line change begins to occur.

Think big. Start small.

xxx c.

P.S. we will have a Thrilling Thursday….tomorrow.

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