'Denim Day' raises awareness about sexual assault, victim blaming 👖

NOW: ’Denim Day’ raises awareness about sexual assault, victim blaming 👖

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- City of Milwaukee leaders and community partners recognized International Denim Day on Wednesday, April 29. It's a day that raises awareness about sexual assault and victim blaming. 

Denim Day coincides with April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the goal for leaders was to stand in solidarity with sexual assault survivors. 

The day is called "Denim Day" because you are are encouraged to wear denim to stand in solidarity against sexual assault. 

This year's Denim Day was focused on the impact of sexual assault on the LGBTQ+ community. Health officials said sexual assault occurs at higher rates for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Officials say COVID-19 has also had an impact on the increase in violence. 

"We have unfortunately devastated by the impact of COVID-19 and the recent mass shooting. Along with the increased violence in our community. We also acknowledge the increase in vulnerability that Safer at Home isn’t always safe for everyone," City of Milwaukee’s Domestic Violence Coordinator, Karen Tyler. said.

By the way, denim has become a symbol of awareness because of a case in Italy years ago, in which a rape conviction was overturned because the victim was wearing tight jeans. 

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