Bridgett Karels is a Crime Victim Advocate for Someplace Safe. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

As we near the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, today is the national observance known as Denim Day, designed to raise awareness of the issue by getting people to wear denim. Someplace Safe Crime Victim Advocate Bridgett Karels told the KMRS Community Connection how the observance got its start, triggered by a 1993 ruling by the Italian Supreme Court.

“This ruling overturned a rape conviction due to the justices’ belief that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her attacker remove them, thereby implying consent,” Karels explained. “The following day, the women of the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a worldwide symbol agaiinst the misconceptions about sexual violence.”

The observance is also a Facebook event, with more details and information on the Someplace Safe Facebook page. Karels encouraged people to take a selfie with the hashtag #DenimDay and put it on Facebook.

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