April is Sexual Assault
Awareness and Prevention month.
Every 92 seconds someone in the United States becomes a victim of Sexual Assault, and every 9 minutes that victim is a child.
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office starts by believing and continues to support survivors when an incident occurs. No action or inaction by a survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization.
In support of The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies and their mission to promote non-violent and healthy relationships, we join in the Denim Day campaign against sexual violence. Sheriff Prummell is encouraging non-uniformed personnel to show their support by wearing denim on Wednesday, April 24.
The Denim day campaign began after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual harassment, abuse, assault, and rape.
Join us in support of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention month.