Wear Jeans as a Stance Against Sexual Assault on Denim Day

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/22 2014 04:03PM

Updated 04/22 2014 04:05PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Community Partnership of the Ozarks is asking members of the community to wear their jeans as a stance against sexual assault on Wednesday, April 23.

For the second year in a row, the Denim Day campaign will kick off.

Businesses will also participate in the event, letting their employees dress down for just $5. All funds raised by businesses will be donated to the Violence Free Families Coalition which offers prevention efforts of sexual assault in Greene County.

The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered in the 1990's by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned. In that trial, the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist 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.

If you or your business would like to take the stand, learn more and commit to the Denim Day project at www.commpartnership.org/denimday.

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