The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 13, 2011
State workers launch drive to assist crime victims

The state Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board launches its second annual "Denim Drive" today to collect women's and men's denim clothing items to benefit Women Escaping a Violent Environment. The event runs through April 27.

This year employees at Corrections, CalEMA and Health and Human Services are joining the Victim Compensation Board to collecting donations at their worksites.

Employees in those departments are collecting gently used clothing items and will donate them for sale in WEAVE's thrift stores. The profits from the sales assist victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The drive is inspired by Denim Day, an observance that started 12 years ago to protest an Italian court's decision overturning a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans.

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