Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s Austin office was proud to join SafePlace in recognizing April 27th as Denim Day — a day where businesses, organizations, and individuals wear denim to support sexual assault survivors and raise awareness about sexual assault misconceptions.
Denim Day is part of the observance of Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month each April. SafePlace began the Denim Day tradition in 2008 after a teenage girl in Italy saw her rapist’s conviction overturned in a ruling that stated that because she wore tight jeans, she must have helped her attacker remove them and, therefore, gave consent to having sex. Last year more than 3500 Austinites participated in the recognition.
In addition to wearing denim, TRLA Austin also asked its employees to bring in donations of canned goods and toiletries to help women who turn to SafePlace for help recovering from incidents of sexual assault and domestic violence.
TRLA is a proud supporter of SafePlace and services to survivors of sexual assault. TRLA’s Sexual Assault Legal Assistance Network secures the safety and security of victims of non-intimate partner sexual assault through collaboration with domestic violence, sexual assault shelters and rape crisis centers to ensure timely, appropriate, and comprehensive legal services.