Donning denim to make a point

first_imgLANCASTER – Dozens of City Hall workers dressed Wednesday in denim – a fabric that every April becomes a symbol of support for sexual assault victims. The city workers’ fashion statement was part of Denim Day in L.A., promoted by the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women and culminating in a denim-clad rally at Staples Center. “We thought we’d bring some extra attention to it this way. It seems like everybody came to work in denim. (City Manager) Bob LaSala is wearing them,” Lancaster city spokeswoman Anne Aldrich. The connection between denim and rape began with an 1999 Italian court ruling that overturned the conviction of a driving instructor imprisoned for raping a teenage driving student. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Italian Supreme Court said the girl wore tight jeans that would be too hard for the accused rapist to get off without her help, evidence that the sex was consensual. The ruling sparked protest by women members of the Italian parliament, who came to legislative sessions dressed in jeans, and the symbolism has spread around the world. The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women organizes Denim Day in L.A. as a rape prevention and education campaign, protesting myths that surround sexual assault. “Victims of rape deserve support and assistance,” said Mayor Frank Roberts. “All too often, harmful attitudes toward rape saddle them with blame instead.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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