City of Washington recognizes Denim Day
Published 12:13 pm Thursday, April 27, 2023
To recognize Denim Day (Wednesday, April 26) a proclamation signed by Washington Mayor Donald Sadler was read aloud by City of Washington’s Human Relations Council Chairman, Anthony Tyre on Wednesday afternoon. The proclamation extends support to survivors of sexual harassment, abuse, assault, rape and sexual violence. It also promotes constructive discussions about misconceptions surrounding sexual violence.
The proclamation “brings a visualization to such an important cause,” Tyre said. “It shows people that women and men both suffer from trauma of sexual assault.”
Sarah Godley, community outreach administrator for Washington Police and Fire services, said a proclamation is important, because it shows support for victims. “At the police department, it is our hope to support all victims. We participated today on a walk and in acknowledgement of the proclamation, because we want our community to know that our chief, our director, our interim fire chief care about our community.”
Denim Day started in 1999 as a protest to the Italian Supreme Court’s decision to overrule a rape conviction, because they argued the victim wore tight jeans which are difficult to remove without help from the victim; therefore, the victim’s consent was implied. In solidarity for the victim, women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans the following day, according to Peace Over Violence. Peace Over Violence is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that aims to build “healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence,” per their website.
Denim Day is recognized in April, because it is known as national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
In North Carolina 43.9% of women and 19.3% of men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their families, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. They also report that one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
Those looking for assistance in Beaufort County can contact Ruth’s House, a nonprofit that provides court support services, counseling and case management and a shelter for those fleeing from domestic abuse. They can also contact Clear Point for counseling services.
Ruth’s House can be contacted at 252-940-0007, and their website is www.ruths-house.org.
Clear Point is located at 417 N. Bridge Street in Washington and their phone number is 833-781-6474.