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Denim Day: A History

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We celebrate Denim Day in honor of a young Italian woman who was forcibly raped by her driving instructor.

The 18-year-old young woman was picked up by her 45-year-old male instructor and taken to an isolated area where he raped her. He then threatened her with death if she told anyone and made her drive home.

The young woman later told her parents and they supported her in reporting the attack to authorities. The perpetrator was arrested, convicted and sentenced to jail.

However, the perpetrator appealed the sentence and the case made its way to the Italian Supreme Court. It was later overturned 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.”

Enraged by the verdict, the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened individuals across the world to make a statement by wearing jeans with a purpose. The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has continued every year since.

This year Denim Day occurs on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016.  We invite you to join us and use your fashion statement to make a social statement. Wear denim or one of our Denim Day stickers as a symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault—namely the dangers of victim blaming and shaming. We invite you to join us in using this day to raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual assault, as well as to increase visibility of the local resources available to victims of sexual assault.

EVENTS

Oct 29

2021

Healing Begins with Hope 10.29.21 at 12:00 p.m.

Please join us virtually for 1 of 3 showings of this year’s Healing Begins with Hope program. Be the Hope in our community today! As the WCA celebrates 111 years of changing lives, please join us for this year’s virtual Healing Begins with Hope Event! Join us to learn more about our work to meet […]

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Oct 29

2021

Be the Hope | 24 Ways

24 Ways Join us and Be the Hope in our community; every little piece of hope makes a difference and we ask that you unleash the power of radical generosity and awareness by taking part in 1 or more of our 24 Ways. By supporting the WCA today you can double your impact where every […]

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Oct 29

2021

Healing Begins with Hope 10.29.21 at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us virtually for 1 of 3 showings of this year’s Healing Begins with Hope program. Be the Hope in our community today! As the WCA celebrates 111 years of changing lives, please join us for this year’s virtual Healing Begins with Hope Event! Join us to learn more about our work to meet […]

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Oct 30

2021

Healing Begins with Hope 10.30.21 at 10:00 a.m.

Please join us virtually for 1 of 3 showings of this year’s Healing Begins with Hope program. Be the Hope in our community today! As the WCA celebrates 111 years of changing lives, please join us for this year’s virtual Healing Begins with Hope Event! Join us to learn more about our work to meet […]

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Nov 04

2021

Virtual Talk to Your Teen Presentation

November 4, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 10

2021

Virtual Break the Cycle Presentation

November 10, 2021 12-1 p.m.

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Nov 17

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

November 17, 2021 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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Nov 19

2021

Lunch & Learn with Bre 11.19.21

Our lunch and learn sessions are an opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve. Our Philanthropy Specialist, Bre, will share an overview of our services, the clients we serve, and our current needs. Bring your lunch and any questions you might have to this monthly virtual chat with Bre.

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