Denim Day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The judges reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.
DoD implements changes to their sexual assault policy - April marks Sexual Assault Awareness month in the Department of Defense. Recent changes to the DoD’s policy regarding sexual assault make it easier for victims of sexual assault to transfer out of their unit and for military spouses to receive help from victim advocates as well. For more information, or if you are a victim of sexual assault, visit www.sapr.mil for a complete list of resources available.
History of Denim Day Italy, 1990s An 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. read more here http://denimdayusa.org/about/history/
Sexual harassment and rape prevention otherwise known as SHARP, is part of a training program every Soldier has to complete. Fort Benning leaders gathered to revitalize awareness of these issues. Melissa Bell shows us how these commanders renewed their promise of prevention. See more at: http://www.mymilitaryvids.com