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Rape Crisis Center Marks 20th Anniversary Of Denim Day With Luncheon

Event Is Part of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 22, 2019 - 1:22 pm
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LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - It's not something to celebrate, but rather make people aware of what's going on. The Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas will be hosting a Denim Day Luncheon, featuring what they're calling an inspirational survivor runway show. 

The luncheon is Wednesday, April 24, with doors opening at 11:30 a.m. and the event wrapping up around 2 p.m. The luncheon will be held at the World Market Center, Building B, 16th floor. 

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and the 2019 theme is “I Ask.”

“I Ask” encourages and empowers everyone, no matter the scenario, to ask for consent, listen, and accept answers without pressuring or coercing another. The Rape Crisis Center (RCC), which is marking its 45th year serving all of Clark County and is faced with increasing demand for services, embraces the “I Ask” theme as a key message in educating people, starting at an early age, on how to ask for and get consent for any type of physical contact and in all types of relationships. Last year, the RCC volunteers and staff responded to 727 victims of sexual assault at the hospital, handled 4,214 calls to the hotline, a 20% increase over the previous year, and helped a record number of counseling clients. Denim Day is an international opportunity to stand with survivors of sexual assault and abuse all over the world by wearing jeans.  Southern Nevadans are participating in Denim Day and showing support in two ways – by attending the Denim Day Luncheon and/or wearing jeans to work.

Nevada politicians like Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Dina Titus, 1st District of Nevada, Congressman Steven Horsford, 4th District of Nevada and Daniele Staple, who is the Executive Director, The Rape Crisis Center, are slated to be there. 

Tickets are $95 each. Table and survivor sponsorships available at rcclv.org.                            

In addition to the luncheon, the RCC is encouraging businesses and organizations to allow employees to wear jeans with a purpose and show support by wearing denim on April 24. The RCC asks that those who participate post photos of themselves wearing jeans on social media tagging @TheRapeCrisisCenterLV and #denimday2019.

About Denim Day:  The day commemorates a decision by the Supreme Court of Italy, which overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing tight jeans, and the panel concluded she must have assisted her attacker in taking them off and therefore was consenting. This terrible decision brought worldwide attention to the rampant victim blaming that continues to occur with sexual assault. This is the 20th anniversary year for Denim Day.