Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CDPS Shows Support for Sexual Assault Survivors by Donning Denim

Employees in denim at the Kipling Complex.
CDPS members showed their support for survivors of sexual violence in our state by participating in “Denim Day” on April 26. CDPS employees donated $5 each  to join the department's team and earn the right to wear jeans on Denim Day. One hundred percent of the nearly $600 raised will go to the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) to support justice and healing for sexual assault survivors in Colorado.

Denim Day is a worldwide event that takes place on the 4th Wednesday in April every year. Wearing jeans is a conversation starter and visual sign of your support of survivors. Denim Day originated in Italy in 1999, after a judge overturned the verdict of a man found guilty of rape. The judge based his decision on the grounds that it could not have been rape because the victim's jeans were so tight she must have had to help the perpetrator take them off. In response to this outrageous and myth-laden outcome, women in the Italian parliament wore jeans the next day in protest. Since then, people across the globe wear jeans on Denim Day in protest of the persistent rape myths that keep survivors silent and perpetrators unaccountable.
CDPS employees in Fort Collins show their
support for sexual assault survivors.

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