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Raise rape awareness by wearing denim Wednesday

April 21, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2014 at 11:21 p.m.


Mid-Coast Family Services wants people to wear denim Wednesday.

The day is known as Denim Day, a national push to spread rape awareness, said Ginny Stafford, Mid-Coast chief executive officer.

So, why denim? In 1998, a teenage girl in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. The case went to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome, where it was overturned with the argument that the girl wore very tight jeans and must have helped remove them, therefore giving sexual consent.

Now, denim jeans have become the symbol for the awareness.

"I think even though it's an old case, we're still trying to blame the victim," Stafford said.

Mid-Coast has no other rape awareness events for Wednesday, but it hopes wearing denim will have people asking what's going on.

"We can repeat the story," she said. "So many victims get demonized. We need to open up the conversation that it's not ever OK."

"Why Denim?" stickers are available by calling Mid-Coast at 361-575-7842.

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