Moreno Valley, CA - Riverside County Board of Supervisors in conjunction with Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Center of Excellence for Abuse Services, Riverside County District Attorney, Department of Public Social Services and Riverside County Sheriff are endorsing Sexual Assault Prevention Month & Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month, and April 23rd as “Wear Denim Day”. The theme this year is “Speak out against Sexual Assault and Child Abuse & Neglect”. The focus is to raise Prevention about Sexual Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect throughout Riverside County.
The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 with the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Italian Supreme Court dismissed the charges against a 45 year-old rape suspect because his 18 year-old victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The Court stated in its decision, that it is common knowledge...that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective assistance of the person wearing them...and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might. The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry from those who understand coercion; threats and violence go along with the act of rape. The unpopular verdict became an internationalsymbol of myth-based injustice for sexual
During this month, sexual assault and child abuse and neglect programs across the state will intensify their efforts to promote public Prevention, including the need for citizen involvement in reducing sexual assault and child abuse and neglect, and the need to increase community support for agencies providing services for this population.
The RCRMC, Center of Excellence for Abuse Services will be sponsoring a number of Events April 1st through April 30th - Sexual Assault and Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month:
April 1st - Proclamation of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month by the Board of Supervisors, and in support of April 23rd as “Wear Denim Day”. (Board Approved)
April 1st through April 30th - Clothesline Project at RCRMC The Clothesline Project is a visual display of clothing decorated by survivors of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse. Decorations include personal thoughts/feelings of the victims.
April 1st through April 30th – Toy Drive – Throughout the month of April there will be toy boxes at several locations throughout the hospital and other county agencies to collect toys for the RCAT patients (We would like to request one unwrapped, new toy for ages 0- 12yrs)
April 1st through April 30th – Coffee sleeves for all coffee purchased in the coffee shop – The sleeves will say “A Healthy Workplace” “ A healthy workplace: Welcomes diversity, Opens communication, Respects people’s rights, Know that prevention pays” This is in line with the NSVRC dedication to Ending Workplace Violence for this year’s SAAM theme.
April 7th through the 30th – Promotion and Ticket sales Help with the promotion of the RCRMC Foundation’s Spring Garden Tour. (Proceeds to benefit the Center of Excellence for Abuse Services at RCRMC) Give-a-ways to community: light up keychain w/whistle, Prevention ribbon applique?, pens with hotline
April 23rd – Wear Denim Day (Hospital and Countywide) Wear denim in recognition of efforts to dispel myths and injustices regarding sexual assault. Each participant in order to wear denim that day will have to purchase a teal ribbon for $2 in order to help raise funds for the purchase of toys
Riverside County Regional Medical Center, the Center of Excellence for Abuse Services is “Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence” in coordination with California’s rape crisis centers and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA). We share the view that sexual violence is a serious problem profoundly affecting the physical, emotional, mental and social well being of victims. With leadership and commitment, we believe that we can work together with others to create short and long term solutions to an endemic problem of sexual violence, including unhealthy and unsafe relationships.
For more Information on any of these events or services offered, contact the Center of Excellence for Abuse Services at RCRMC at 951-486-4345
Tracey Gomez, Director
Center of Excellence for Abuse Svcs.
ChaiTae Hasty-Rodriguez, PRC
Public Relations Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, April 1, 2008