City Hall Staff and Sheriff’s Representatives Wear Jeans on April 24 to Stand Up Against Sexual Violence on ‘Denim Day’
City of West Hollywood employees, members of the City Council, Public Safety Commissioners, and personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station hosted an event and group photograph today, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at West Hollywood City Hall on “Denim Day” to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault. The City also participated in the worldwide social media campaign effort marking events taking place across the globe.
Each April, the City of West Hollywood recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. West Hollywood’s Denim Day participants wore denim jeans in solidarity with an international day of awareness. Communities around the world recognize Denim Day by wearing jeans as a way to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault. Denim Day was founded following a 1999 court ruling in Italy in which a rape conviction case was overturned with the argument that, because the victim had been wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault, she must have been expressing consent. The City’s Denim Day recognition is organized each year by the City’s Public Safety Department in the spirit of uniting against sexual assault; to break the silence about sexual violence; and to stand up in support of survivors.
If you or someone you care about has been a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking, there are resources to help. Contact the Los Angeles County Rape and Battering hotline 24 hours day at (310) 392-8381.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers domestic violence/partner abuse counseling services geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by contacting (323) 993-7649.
For those who live or work in West Hollywood, therapy is available at no cost at the APLA Health West Hollywood office regardless of HIV status, gender, or income level. For more information call (213) 201-1369 or visit www.aplahealth.org.
Amplify the Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month message by using the hashtags #DenimDay and #OnlyYes.
The City of West Hollywood provides a variety of helpful tips on its website regarding safety and prevention. To find out more information, please visit www.weho.org/publicsafety. For more information about Denim Day, please call the City’s Public Safety Department at (323) 848-6414. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.