Chester County spreads awareness for Denim Day

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Pictured are Dr. Nadine McNeal’s Crisis Intervention Class, Domestic Violence WRAP Advocate Ashley Horton, Sexual Assualt WRAP Advocate Emily Pugh, Wrap Intern Katherine Shavers and Public Health Educator Mia McNeal.

On Wednesday, April 27, Chester County Health Department partnered with Freed Hardeman University and Wo/me resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP) wore jeans to bring awareness to Sexual Assault Awareness Month for Denim Day. Denim Day began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. If you or anyone you know has questions about sexual assault you can call the National Hotline 1-800-656-4673.

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