Are you wearing denim tomorrow? Here’s why you should.

Wednesday, April 29 is Denim Day which is an international day of awareness for survivors of sexual assault. Will you show your support?

d42610_Denim_Day_FB_1200x1200THE HISTORY: In 1998, a teenage girl in Italy was allegedly raped by her driving instructor. He was tried and convicted and sentenced to jail. However, a higher court overturned the original ruling stating that because the victim wore very tight jeans she must have had to help remove them, thereby giving consent to have sex. The case made international headlines and the young woman’s jeans became a symbol of the many misconceptions still surrounding sexual violence, and the injustice of “victim blaming”.

Maryann Clesceri is the Executive Director of The Healing Center, a Well Community program of Aurora Health Care.

Maryann Clesceri is the Executive Director of The Healing Center, a Well Community program of Aurora Health Care.

HOW AURORA HELPS: Did you know that each year an estimated 2,500 survivors of sexual abuse are cared for in an Aurora Health Care facility? In fact, we are the only health system in the state dedicated to helping survivors of abuse from the point of crisis through life-long recovery. Aurora has Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners who are on the front lines of this difficult issue in emergency departments all over the system. We also have specialized programs, such as The Healing Center, Safe Mom Safe Baby and the Sexual Assault Treatment Center that offer care, advocacy and support services for survivors.

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On Tuesday April 28, Maryann Clesceri, Executive Director of The Healing Center, was interviewed on 620 WTMJ radio to talk about Denim Day, Aurora Health Care’s Abuse Response programs and how anyone can support these programs and involved. CLICK HERE to hear Maryann explain why your support is so important and what it says to survivors.

If you’re an Aurora caregiver and want to get involved, contact Mary Nelson at mary.h.nelson@aurora.org. If you want to learn more about how your workplace can support Aurora’s Denim Day activities and Abuse Response Programs, contact Jeannie Jackson at jeannie.jackson@aurora.org.

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