Sacto 9-1-1
April 24, 2012
Wednesday denim drive will benefit victims of sexual assault, domestic violence

The California Victim Compensation Program on Wednesday will be collecting donations of denim clothing to benefit victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The "Denim Day" campaign aims to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault, according to a news release from CalVCP.

The denim theme came from female legislators in Italy who began wearing denim to protest a Supreme Court decision there in 1998 that overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans, the release states. The court argued the victim "must have necessarily helped her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual."

"Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault," the release states.

CalVCP staff members will be collecting donations of denim clothing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at 400 R Street. Donations will go to the Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE) thrift store on Arden Way.

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