April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Every 73 seconds another American is sexually assaulted. These assaults can include rape, child sexual abuse, and intimate partner sexual violence. Although only 5 out of every 1,000 rapes ends with a prison conviction, the survivors of these violent crimes are often left with psychological, emotional and physical effects. The very low conviction rate is one of the many reasons of why less than 25% of sexual assaults are actually reported.
On Wednesday, April 28th, we will be showcasing our support by participating in Denim Day. Denim Day is internationally known for raising awareness and standing with rape and sexual assault survivors. Denim Day originated in Italy in 1999, after a rape conviction was overturned due to the claim of the victims’ jeans were “too tight” for the attacker to remove alone. As the courts ruled the sex to be consensual, people began protesting in outrage. Since then, Denim Day has continued to be an annual international day of awareness and support for sexual assault survivors.
Our staff and clients will be decorating jeans to display at Ozone House for Denim Day. We are also having an inhouse donation drive of jeans to deliver to our local survivor support agency SafeHouse Center. Further, we want to spotlight SafeHouse and their continued work of providing safety and support to local survivors. Please join their upcoming virtual Town Hall about the Under-Reporting of Sexual Assaults in Our Community, on April, 20th at 6:30pm. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted and would like to speak with someone please contact: Sexual Awareness Hotline at (800) 656-4673 OR Safe House Center at (734) 995-5444.