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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

From: Sunday, April 1st, 2018
To: Monday, April 30th, 2018

Your Voice Has Power.

Believe survivors. End victim blaming.
Ask for consent. Respect boundaries.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise public awareness about sexual violence and how we, as a community, can come together to address this pervasive crime.

Here is how you can get involved:

  • Call us at 262-522-3813 to request a toolkit of ribbon pins, bracelets, window clings, handouts, and  more to show you stand with survivors. Share them at your gym, in the break-room at work, or just pass them out to your friends! This is a simple and fun way to get the people in your life involved.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin, share our posts, and embrace your voice.
  • Visit our exhibit of The Clothesline Project at the Waukesha Public Library. This display honors survivors and aids in the healing process for those who have been directly affected by domestic or sexual violence.
  • Participate in Denim Day on Wednesday, April 25 by wearing jeans. Ask others to join you in showing solidarity with survivors by participating in the world-wide movement. Call us at 262-522-3813 to request Denim Day stickers. Learn more about the history of this day below.
  • Attend our Anniversary Luncheon. Your voice has power – stand with survivors, celebrate our anniversary, and hear Aly’s story of courage and leadership.

It is often difficult for a survivor to disclose any part of their experience with others. If someone comes to you for support, start by believing them. Learn how you can support a survivor.

Some of our resources are available below. Call us at 262-522-3813 for printed materials or more information.

The history behind Denim Day:
An 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

He appeals the sentence. The case makes it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “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.”

Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same, which in turn spread to Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of Peace Over Violence, and Denim Day in LA was born. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since, developing into an international movement.

The Women’s Center is proud to be part of the planning committee for Denim Day Milwaukee, who has toolkits and activities available on their website. Contact us with questions or to request materials.

Help is always available. Call our 24-Hour Hotline at 262-542-3828.

Thank you to WaterStone Bank for their support of
Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the mission of The Women’s Center.