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Participate In Denim Day

To the editor:

Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club Denim Day dinner was celebrated April 16 at the Gran View Restaurant in Ogdensburg to show support for victims of sexual assault. What is Denim Day? It is an event in which people are encouraged to wear denim jeans to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault.

In Rome in 1997, a 45-year-old driving instructor was accused of rape. It is alleged that when he picked up an 18-year-old girl for her first driving lesson, he raped her for an hour, then told her that if she was to tell anyone he would kill her. Later that night she told her parents and her parents agreed to help her press charges. While the alleged rapist was convicted and sentenced, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction in 1998 because the victim wore tight jeans. It was argued that she must have necessarily have had to help her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual (“because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them...and by removing the jeans...it was no longer rape but consensual sex”). The Italian Supreme Court stated in its decision “it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them.”

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year Denim Day is April 24. Please wear denim to show support for victims of such crimes.

Colleen Anderson

Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club Vice President

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