An injustice in Italy sparks an international day of protest and a way to show support for survivors of sexual assault. This year, Denim Day is being recognized on April 29 and there are many ways you can participate and support critical abuse response programs.
Denim Day is in honor of an 18-year-old girl in Italy who was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. The teen pressed charges, but the case was dismissed because the chief judge decided that, “… because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape, but consensual sex.”
This issue is particularly important to Aurora Health Care. More than 2,500 survivors of sexual abuse each year start their healing journey in an Aurora Health Care facility. In fact, Aurora Health Care is the only health care system in Wisconsin dedicated to helping survivors of abuse from the point of crisis through life-long recovery. CLICK HERE to learn about Aurora’s Abuse Response Programs.
Here are a few things you will hear more about in the coming weeks:
- Hope Shining Blue: a Denim Day celebration to benefit Aurora Health Care’s Abuse Response Programs, including The Healing Center, Sexual Assault Treatment Center and Safe Mom Safe Baby.
- Art Auction: You can bid on stunning denim-inspired pieces by local artists and support the cause.
- Wear denim: You can make a pledge to wear denim on April 29 and make a personal statement with your fashion statement.
You’ll hear from survivors who courageously share their stories of abuse and healing, and how your gifts have helped to make it possible. Are you interested in getting your workplace or group of friends involved to support survivors on Denim Day? Contact Jeannie Jackson at Jeannie.Jackson@aurora.org or call her at 414-219-7378.