First Lady Kathleen Sandoval Encourages All Nevadans to Participate in Denim Day


Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
CARSON CITY, NV - April 25, 2017

First Lady Kathleen Sandoval today encouraged all Nevadans to join her in participating in Denim Day tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th. By participating in Denim Day, Nevadans will join an international campaign against sexual assault and sexual violence and demonstrate support for victims of those crimes. Governor Brian Sandoval has declared the month of April Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Nevada. A copy of the Proclamation is attached.

"Demin Day is a silent tribute to the survivors of sexual assault and a peaceful protest to raise awareness of this ongoing threat to our community. Through a subtle act of wearing denim, we re-affirm our commitment to stop the misconceptions about sexual assault and give a platform to the truth," said First Lady Kathleen Sandoval. "I am proud of the efforts of our community organizations, policy makers and schools statewide who are raising awareness for both Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Nevada family is at its very best when we come together to build stronger, safer communities not only for our families but also for the generations to come."

Denim Day is part of a movement to raise awareness of sexual assault. The "fashion statement as social statement" stems from a 1999 incident in Italy in which a court assigned blame to a young woman who was sexually assaulted because she was wearing tight jeans when she was raped. Italian elected officials responded by wearing jeans in protest and denim has since become a symbol of the need to prevent sexual assault. The Governor's Office will be participating in this important public awareness initiative. Participants can submit their pictures and join the conversation on twitter by following #DenimDayNV or #DenimDay17


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