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Davis-ChrisAs our organization gears up for Denim Day, an annual sexual assault prevention campaign, I would like to share with you why this day is so special and why it affects our community. Did you know in 2017 there were 1,051 911 calls for service related to sexual assault including lewd conduct, rape and sexual assault in Ada County (Ada County Sheriff’s Office, 2018)? That’s nearly 3 calls a day. And nationally, every 98 seconds someone is sexually assaulted (Department of Justice, 2015).

These statistics might leave one feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how to help end such a pervasive issue. That’s where Denim Day comes in.

What is Denim Day?

In the late 90’s an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the crime and sent to prison, the ruling was later overturned by the Italian Supreme Court because the justices felt that because the victim wore tight jeans, she must have helped remove them thereby making the act consensual.

The following day the women of the Italian Legislature wore jeans to work in an act of protest. This display demonstrated a sense of compassion and solidarity not only with the young woman, but with all survivors of sexual assault.

And as news of the decision spread, so did the protests. These protests sparked what is now known as Denim Day. The simple act of wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

While we must work every day as a community to end sexual assault, Denim Day is a great place to start the conversation. This year Denim Day is on April 25th. You can wear denim or, if jeans are not an option in your work environment, wear a “Ask Me About Denim Day” sticker, denim ribbon or bracelet.

The simplest way to get involved? Have a conversation with the people in your life—friends, family members, coworkers—and share your knowledge about sexual assault. In this way we can all continue to educate ourselves and others, and use our voices to show survivors that they are not alone.

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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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