Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Valley women asked to wear denim to promote sexual assault aware

Valley women asked to wear denim to promote sexual assault aware

Denim-clad advocates will celebrate Denim Day around the globe Wednesday, April 25.

After the court case the idea of a "Denim Day" was made to combat sexual violence spread internationally.

Denim Day encourages people to wear jeans as a symbol of protest against sexual assault and raise awareness of misconceptions that surround it.

The next day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

"It's devastating that this was the outcome in that case, but it's incredible that from that, this movement has been created", said Molly Steffes-Herman, campus advocate of counseling services.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted the event on both Brownsville and Edinburg campuses, and were joined by organizations that provide support for assault, including Mujeres Unidas, Brownsville Police, and the Cameron County District Attorney's Office.

The Mississippi University for Women is raising awareness about sexual assault.

Community members, elected officials, businesses and students are asked to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on Denim Day.

Today, the City of Rockford and United Way of Rock River Valley, along with organizations across the country, is recognizing Denim Day.

The effort is part of Denim Day, an global awareness campaign focused on raising awareness about sexual assault and victim blaming.

She says most people do not report the abuse because most of the time it happens in their own home.

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