Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Victim Services Branch (VSB) will be holding its third annual Denim Day on Wednesday, April 24 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at MPD Headquarters, 300 Indiana Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC. The Denim Day campaign began after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction in 1998 stating that because the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, therefore implying consent. Denim Day is a call to action for all people to come together by wearing jeans as a symbol of protest against sexual violence. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is I Ask. This campaign calls on individuals, as well as communities, to promote consent as a healthy, normal, and necessary part of our everyday encounters.

The event will have community resources, MPD representatives and victim advocates available on site. There will also be DIY denim arts and crafts projects, music by MPD’s Side by Side band, free popcorn and other informational tables.

The Denim Day event will have two panel discussions (am and pm) for a #RealTalk panel comprised of field experts discussing issues surrounding consent and sexual assault found in today’s headlines and taking questions from the audience.

The following topics of discussion include:

Consent: what it is and what it is not

How power impacts consent

Teaching consent early

Digital consent

Sexual assault in the news

Resources available in D.C.

Speakers on the panel are from the following organizations:

FAIR Girls

MPD Sexual Assault Unit

Ayuda

DC Rape Crisis Center

Safe Shores

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC)

US Helping Us

Crime Victims Compensation Program

Ascension Counseling

Paving the Way

For any questions or media inquiries, please contact mpd.press@dc.gov