BOISE, Idaho — This week, millions across the world will wear jeans to show support for survivors of sexual violence.
Denim Day is an annual event where people wear jeans with a purpose, taking a moment to educate themselves and others on all forms of sexual violence. This year's Denim Day is set for Wednesday, April 29.
In an email to the Boise School District Community, Superintendent Coby Dennis says it's important to renew a commitment to exposing harmful behaviors and attitudes surrounding sexual violence amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dennis states law enforcement and service providers around the nation have raised the alarm about increased domestic violence and sexual assault reports during the pandemic.
Statistics show a sexual assault occurs every 73 seconds in the U.S., and every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. It's important to check in on neighbors and friends who may not have access to their regular support networks.
If you have concerns, BSD shared these tips on how to address them:
- Express your concern for their safety and ask how you can support them.
- Do not ask questions that imply blame. Someone who is being abused is not responsible for their partner’s choices or violence, and does not deserve shame or blame.
- Don’t push the conversation. If they’re not ready to talk about it, be patient and recognize the right time.
- Offer resources and provide ways to get help like Boise's Women & Children's Alliance’s two 24-hour hotlines (Domestic Abuse Hotline 208-343-7025/Sexual Assault Hotline 208-345-7273) or online chat option through the National Domestic Violence Hotline at thehotline.org.
- Contact the WCA's Court Advocate Team at 208-343-3688 ext. 200 for information about creating a safety plan.
Denim Day asks community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their clothing choices by wearing jeans this Wednesday as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.
BSD notes many people may be working from home or sheltering in place right now, but you can still show support by wearing jeans or some form of denim to remind others there is no excuse and never an invitation to harass, abuse, assault, or rape.
For more on Denim Day, click here.