LOS ANGELES (April 18, 2017) - The Board of Education today designated April 26 as Denim Day, supporting an annual campaign to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault.
Sponsored by Board Member Mónica Garcia, the resolution encourages programs that educate students about domestic and sexual violence, and how to recognize and prevent them. “Sexual assault and rape must end! Denim Day in Los Angeles calls on every one to take a stand against intolerance and disrespect,” she said. “There are no excuses nor invitations for assault of any type in our schools and communities. We thank Peace Over Violence for leading this work and helping make our communities safer.”
In observances held around the world, people are encouraged to wear jeans on Denim Day as a visible symbol to protest wrong and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
Denim Day was conceived as a show of support for an 18-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted in Italy in 1992. That country’s Supreme Court overturned her rapist’s conviction, saying that she must have helped her assailant remove her tight jeans and so had consented to have sex.
Each April, which is observed as National Sexual Awareness Month, the organization Peace Over Violence organizes Denim Day displays to raise awareness about this issue.
Board President Steve Zimmer, a co-sponsor said, “Denim Day is one of the most important days of my year. One of the great honors of my career has been to work with Peace Over Violence to ensure that we have safe and violence-free campuses across this district. I am proud of L.A. Unified’s ongoing commitment to educate and train young women and men to live in a world without violence – not just at school.”
Another co-sponsor Board Member Mónica Ratliff said, “Denim Day is a great opportunity for L.A. Unified to reaffirm our commitment to a culture of non-violence and mutual respect among our students. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to co-sponsor this resolution which raises awareness about sexual violence and supporting activities seeking to prevent sexual assault. I thank Board Member Mónica Garcia for bringing this resolution forward.”
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766