Get up, Stand up!

Monday, April 25, 2011

By Jody Marich 

After an 18-year old girl was raped by her driving instructor in Italy, she ultimately paid the price. 

In 1999, the instructor was convicted and sentenced to jail but he appealed his sentence and made it to the Italian Supreme Court. After learning the victim was wearing jeans, the case was overturned with the Chief Judge stating, "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."

After being outraged by the verdict, women in the Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work and it soon motivated others to stand up and fight for what they believe. Denim Day in L.A. is one of the many events to acknowledge and support the world wide protest of the court ruling. The day is about preventing sexual violence. The campaign was created to educate and take a stand against rape. 

April is sexual assault awareness month and "Denim Day" has become an internationally known day of protest against the outrageous court ruling. With millions of women and men being affected by rape each year, the day is practiced by schools, businesses, organizations and individuals. 

Here are some stats:

❤ One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

❤  In 2008, victims age 12 or older experienced a total of 203,830 rapes or sexual assaults. - 

❤ 35% of college men who voluntarily participated in psychological research conducted at several universities indicated they might commit a rape if they knew they could get away with it.-

While doing research, I found that Denim Day has different dates but all seem to be in April. Denim Day in L.A. is April 27th with another big event happening April 28th. So if you or a friend has fallen victim to rape or sexual assault, participate and take a stand against sexual violence!

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Bekah: Matters of Merrymaking said...

This post is both shocking and inspiring! Thanks for sharing and raising awareness.

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Jody said...

Thanks for visiting! It's a topic that a lot of people have dealt with or at least know someone who has dealt with so I felt it was a topic to be shared so everyone can show support.

Have a wonderful day xo

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