Release Date/Time: 4/27/2015 5:30 PM
Incident: Salinas Police to observe Denim Day April 29 in support of the Rape Crisis Center
Date: Monday, 4/27/2015
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Salinas, CA
Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO
Telephone: (831) 998-3000
Denim Day was established as a global response to the blaming of rape victims for their assaults, following a 1999 Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a 1992 rape conviction because the victim had been wearing tight jeans. The day after that decision, female members of the Italian Parliament wore jeans in protest. Members of the California Senate and Assembly showed their support, and the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (Now Peace Over Violence) established Denim Day as a widely observed annual event.
Salinas Police Department employees who plan to wear jeans on Wednesday have been asked to explain the significance of the choice to anyone who asks about it.
At the Denim Day website, organizers provide resources and information, including corrections to common misconceptions about rape, such as "Women ask to be raped because of the way they dress or act:"
This attitude holds survivors of sexual assault accountable for the violence perpetrated against them. No one asks or deserves to be raped. Rape does not happen in response to provocative clothing or behavior, rape happens because the perpetrator decides that his desires are more important than the victim's right to self determination. A life free from sexual violence is a basic human right that should be accorded to all members of our society.
More information about Denim Day is available at denimdayinfo.org.
More information about the Monterey County rape Crisis Center is at www.mtryrapecrisis.org.