April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For All Seasons is raising public awareness about sexual violence and educating communities on how to prevent it.
A focal point of the month is Denim Day which is Wednesday, April 28, 2021. Join us that afternoon at Rita’s Ice in Easton, MD. Stop by anytime between 3pm and 6pm. Wear your denim, learn about Denim Day, and be sure to grab some teal Rita’s Ice in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month! We will have giveaways and information about our services.
The Denim Day story begins in Italy in 1992, when an 18-year old girl was raped by the 45-year old driving instructor who was taking her to her very first driving lesson. He took her to an isolated road, pulled her out of the car, removed her jeans and forcefully raped her. The young lady reports the rape and the perpetrator is arrested and prosecuted. He is then convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. Years later, he appealed the conviction claiming that they had consensual sex. The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction and the perpetrator was released. A statement from the Court argued that because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was not rape but consensual sex. This became known throughout Italy as the “jeans alibi.” We encourage all to wear jeans today to show your protest against sexual violence. For more information about Denim Day visit https://www.denimdayinfo.org/why-denim
For All Seasons Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center wants victims of trauma and sexual violence to know – we believe you and we are here for you. Our 24-HR agency hotlines in English and Spanish offer crisis support and intervention. You can even text to get help!
24-HR CONFIDENTIAL HOTLINES & CRISIS SUPPORT
English – 410-820-5600 | Spanish – 410-829-6143
English or Spanish Text – 410-829-6143
For All Seasons advocates provide free and confidential services – offering guidance, compassion, and information about a survivor’s options, including but not limited to food, emergency shelter, and legal counsel if the client chooses.