Please join VPFW in supporting victims of sexual assault and the James House Shelter by wearing denim and donating on Denim Day, Wednesday, April 26th.
Women and men across the world wear denim on the 4th Wednesday of April every year to shine a light on the fact that victim blaming is still happening and there is no excuse for rape.
Denim Day came to be after a sexual assault conviction in Italy was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court in 1999 because the victim had been wearing tight-fitting jeans at the time of her rape. A statement from the Court argued that because the victim wore very tight jeans, she had to have helped her rapist remove them, meaning it was not rape but consensual sex.
Donate to the James House Shelter
Please join VPFW employees in wearing denim and making a donation to the James House shelter in Prince George in support of victims of sexual assault on April 26. You can also donate by texting “DONATE” to 804-326-4111. Denim Day donations to the James House provide critical financial support for women, men, and children affected by sexual violence in the Greater Tri-Cities Area of Virginia.
VPFW is here to support victims and survivors of sexual assault. Learn more about how gynecologists can help immediately following the incident or years later in Dr. Kristen Lawson’s blog post, How Gynecologists Can Provide Support For Sexual Assault Survivors.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from sexual violence, you can reach out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-856-HOPE (4673). You can also find shelter, resources, and help navigating a safe way out of your situation at the James House Shelter in Prince George or Safe Harbor Shelter in Richmond.