Tuesday, April 28, 2020
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, join the Denim Day movement with the Victim Service Center of Central Florida (VSC) — a day used to protest victim blaming and discuss sexual violence and its misconceptions — by wearing denim, sharing a photo and listening to a Zoom panel discussion.
Denim Day is an international protest against sexual violence and its misconceptions born as a response to the Italian Supreme Court’s overruling of a rape conviction in the 1990s. Although the assailant had been found guilty at the trial, the Supreme Court argued that, because jeans are difficult to remove, the assailant couldn’t have done so without the help of the victim. This ruling sparked widespread protest. The day after the decision, women in the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans and holding placards that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.” The movement since spread to other countries.
Valencia employees have participated in Denim Day for five years by wearing jeans on the designated day. However, this year, since most of our operations have gone online, you’re invited to switch it up and wear other denim fashions — such as hats, jackets or shirts — to raise awareness.
Be sure to take a selfie or a photo of you or your team participating in a Zoom meeting wearing your denim, and share the photo on Twitter and/or Instagram. In your post, tag @VSCFlorida and use the hashtags #DenimDay and #OurValencia.
If you’d like to learn more about this topic, VSC will host a Zoom panel discussion on Denim Day on Wednesday, April 29 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. Valencia’s Trisha Whitmire, assistant director, equal opportunity, will be joined by community advocates and survivors to discuss victim blaming and shaming. If you would like to virtually attend this panel discussion, please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to participate in the panel.
If you would like to speak with someone regarding sexual assault, contact Ryan Kane, assistant vice president, equity and access and Title IX coordinator at email@example.com or 407-299-5000, extension 3421, or Lauren Kelly, director, equal opportunity at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-299-5000, extension 8125. To speak with a free, confidential community resource, contact the Victim Service Center of Central Florida at 407-500-HEAL (4325) or via the text line at 407-497-6701 M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. If you have questions or concerns, notify Ryan or Lauren at the contact information listed above or visit the Title IX and Equal Opportunity webpage.