Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed each April. It’s purpose is to bring awareness to sexual assault and provide sexual violence prevention education to individuals and communities.
Sexual Assault Statistics courtesy the
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives
- In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator
- Rape is the most under-reported crime; approximately 60% of sexual assaults go unreported
Denim Day 2013
In 1999 an Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a 45-year-old driving instructor for the rape of his 18-year-old student. The reason cited was the girl’s clothing. It was determined that because she wore blue jeans the instructor could not have removed them without assistance, therefore she must have consented. People everywhere were outraged and within hours prominent women within the legal community were walking the courthouse in blue jeans to protest the decision. Since that time Denim Day in LA and the USA was born. Peace Over Violence, the agency behind Denim Day, centers this campaign around the fact that a woman’s choice of clothing is no excuse for rape.