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Jeans worn to protest sexual violence

Denim Day protests Italian court decision overturning rape conviction
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PEACE for Families staff and volunteers wore jeans Wednesday as part of worldwide Denim Day.

The annual event protests an Italian High Court decision overturning the conviction of a 45-year-old man because the 18-year-old victim had been wearing jeans. Men and women wear denim to show solidarity with victims and demonstrate their commitment to creating violence-free communities, according to Louise Czopek, of PEACE for Families.

The nonprofit organization, with offices in Roseville and Auburn, partnered with the Placer County District Attorney's Office on a Denim Day event, which coincided with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Victims' Rights Week.

PEACE for Families provides survivors with services and resources and fosters communities where abuse is not tolerated. They provide a 24-hour crisis line and emergency domestic violence shelter.

~ Sena Christian