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The City of Huntsville is challenging the community to participate in Denim Day on April 25, in observance of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
The City of Huntsville is challenging the community to participate in Denim Day on April 25, in observance of Sexual Violence Awareness Month.Huntsville Police Chief Kevin Lunsford said City staff will be wearing denim to bring awareness to the issues of sexual assault.“We encourage all community members and city employees to wear denim, to show that we stand not only against this crime, but in support with the survivors,” said Chief Lunsford. “By wearing denim together, we are making a statement that we are united and will stand for justice.”The campaign, supported by Peace Over Violence for the past 19 years, was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court. In the case, a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, the court assumed the victim must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it.“Survivors across the country have come out of the shadows and spoken out commanding national attention,” said Denim Day Founder Patricia Giggans. “Wear jeans with a purpose, as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.”For more information, contact Officer Ryann Kaaa-Bauer at 936-291-5480.