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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

Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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