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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

Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Order your Denim Day Outreach Kit! Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially […]

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Apr 25

2024

WCA Virtual 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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May 07

2024

WCA Virtual 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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May 12

2024

Closets for Cause & Mother’s Day Dinner with Chandlers

Visit Chandlers on Mother’s Day, May 12th, to support the WCA through their Closets For A Cause event! This clothing pop-up is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. and we know you will find something you love. Additionally, visit https://www.chandlersboise.com/ to reserve your spot for their Mother’s Day Prix Fixe dinner, with proceeds […]

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May 23

2024

WCA Virtual 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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Sep 03

2024

2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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