Stand Against Sexual Assault During Denim Day

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — For the fifth year in a row, Violence Free Families is will face sexual assault head-on during Denim Day.

The community-wide event will take place on April 26.

Violence Free is a coalition of Community Partnership of the Ozarks and they’re asking members of the community wear jeans to stand against sexual assault. Businesses will participate by allowing their employees to dress down for five dollars.

All the funds raised will be donated to the Violence Free Families Coalition which offers violence prevention efforts in Greene County.

The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered in the 1990s by a ruling of 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 her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.

The following day, 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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