April is National Sexual Violence awareness month. More than ever these past couple of months I have paid very close attention to cases about violence against women. It’s horrific to think that even in 2012 we need to stand up and bring attention to these issues. Don’t you agree?
In February we were reminded just how precious life is as Josh Powell took his life and the life of his two children after the police were drawing closer to resolving the case of his missing wife, Susan Powell.
In March, we watched a program on ABC about Crystal Harris, a San Diego mom who was raped by her husband only to find out that she had to pay her husband spousal support. I felt her pain. How demoralizing to have to pay your abuser spousal support. It’s like being a victim twice. The order for the victim to pay spousal support to her attacker is currently being challenged.
This past week the White House has also been debating the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Under the VAWA domestic violence against women has fallen 60%. However, Congress is currently debating the expanded provisions which include domestic violence protection for same sex couples and illegal immigrants.
On Wednesday, April 25, 2012 many people will join forces to bring national awareness to sexual assault and rape. Let’s wear denim as a visable social statement to raise public awareness about sexual assault and rape and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. Let’s do it for Susan, let’s do it for Crystal or someone you know.
Denim Day was started in Italy in 1992 after an 18-year-old girl was forcefully raped by her 45-year-old driving instructor. The assailant was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to jail. He appealed the sentence, and the case made its way to the Italian Supreme Court. The Supreme Court released the perpetrator and dismissed all charges. The reasoning behind this was “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.” The women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action within a couple hours, and wore jeans. The California Senate and Assembly did the same. Thus, Denim Day was born.
Let’s make a Social Statement with our fashion statement. Wear jeans on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 and make a statement to STOP THE VIOLENCE!
Eva lives in Southern California. An IT architect by trade, in her free time she’s an avid baker, aspiring gourmet chef and enjoys writing and learning about people, food, and technology. She is a MomsLA contributor and blogs at Tech.Food.Life.