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Show Your Colors on Denim Day

LACASA Center invites individuals, businesses and organizations in Livingston County to participate in Denim Day on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. 

The Denim Day campaign began after an Italian Supreme Court ruling overturned a previous rape conviction. Justices in the case said that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent.

Each year, on the anniversary date of the court’s ruling, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and people around the world wear blue jeans to raise awareness about sexual assault, consent and victim-blaming.

“One of the nice things about Denim Day is that people can easily participate, as an individual or a group,” said LACASA’s Community Education Director, Nicole Matthews-Creech. “Companies often encourage employees to wear jeans to work on that day in exchange for a donation to a local sexual assault response center. These businesses may choose to match the donations of their workforce and make a collective gift.

 “Another way anyone can get involved is to give the gift of time,” Creech said. “They can put up awareness posters and pass out stickers, which we provide for no charge at LACASA.”

According to Creech, Denim Day offers people a chance to discuss an uncomfortable topic. 

“Denim Day starts a conversation about the myths surrounding sexual assault—especially about the meaning of consent,” said Creech. “If we discuss these issues, we can help change perceptions. We want victims in our community to know that if they come forward and seek help, they will not be blamed and shamed.”

How to Get Involved

For Employers: Ask your employees to make an online donation to LACASA in exchange for wearing jeans to work on April 26; pool your employee donations, match them, and make a collective gift in the name of your company and its employees; or start a workplace Denim Day Drive for items LACASA needs on its Wish List. 

For Individuals: Put up posters at your school or workplace and pass out Denim Day awareness stickers to friends.Wear your jeans and your Denim Day sticker proudly on April 26!

Sign-Up: Register your group as a Denim Day participant on DenimDay.org

Share: Post your Denim Day photos online #DenimDayLivCo

Get Posters & Stickers: If you–or your workplace or group–would like complementary Denim Day posters and stickers to distribute, contact Nicole Matthews-Creech at @ 517-548-1350 or ncreech@lacasacenter.org

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