In 1999, the Italian Supreme Court overruled a conviction from 1997. A 16 year old girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. The court ruled that because her jeans were so tight, she had to help take them off, thus meaning she consented.
The next day, the women of Italian Parliament wore jeans in order to protest the treatment of this victim. For the past 20 years, people across the globe wear denim on the last Wednesday of April to #StandUp against sexual violence and victim blaming.
We are asking our community to do the same. Businesses, schools, agencies, and organizations can pledge $5 to wear denim on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 and stand against violence in our community.
Proceeds from this event go to our Safer Warren County 5K team. 50% of the funds raised stay here in Warren County to support survivors, and the other 50% goes to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault to elevate the voices of survivors on the state level.
DASACC staff can provide trainings, presentations, flyers, and information free of charge. If you're interested in learning more, or participating, please contact Kathryn Bednarsky, Community Education Coordinator, at 908.453.4121 x317 or by email.