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To help increase awareness about sexual assault, Eastern Michigan University's Police Department participated in Denim Day on Wednesday.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.
 


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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and today is Denim Day.  These designations are designed to increase awareness about sexual assault and the societal behaviors and perceptions that must be changed.  Safehouse Center executive director Barbara Niess-May joins WEMU's David Fair to discuss what Denim Day has accomplished and what still needs to be done. 


For 19 years now, a day in April is reserved for 'Denim Day.'  Its origins stem from a case in France in which a rapist was acquitted because the teenaged female agreed removed her own blue jeans in the course of the assault.  The next day, female lawmakers in the French Parliament wore denim to work in a show of solidarity and disgust.  WEMU's David Fair talks with Barbara Niess-May, the executive director of Safehouse Center in Washtenaw County, about where we've come since then and the work that still needs to be done. 


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It is "Denim Day" around the world and Sexual Assault Awareness Month  in the US.  Sexual assault is a societal, public health and economic issue. It is a deeply personal issue for victims, often with life-long consequences. WEMU's David Fair explores the issues with Barbara Neiss-May, executive director of Safehouse Center in Ann Arbor.