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Join YWCA of Northwest Ohio as we bring awareness to
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Since 1989 The YWCA of Northwest Ohio has been serving Northwest Ohio’s survivors of rape, incest, sexual assault, and sexual violence. The YWCA Rape Crisis Center offers 24-hour, 7 day crisis line availability for victims of sexual assault and their families and friends, support groups, and scheduled appointments at the office during business hours. Also, the Center offers emergency housing and financial aid if needed. Additional services include legal advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and help with state compensation claims. The YWCA of Northwest Ohio offers the only full service Rape Crisis Center in Lucas County. Our Speaker’s Bureau offers general education for the community on consent, healthy relationships, and supporting survivors.

What is Denim Day?

Denim Day began in Italy in 1992 when an 18 year old girl was raped by her 45-year old driving instructor who had taken her on her first driving lesson. The survivor reported the rape and her attacker was arrested and prosecuted. He was found guilty of rape and sentenced to prison but appealed. The appeal went all the way to the Italian Supreme court who overturned his conviction and released him. The Justices released a statement reading that at the time of the attack the girl was wearing tight denim jeans, that she must have helped her attacker remove them, and therefore, since she must have helped remove them it wasn’t rape but consensual sex.

Outraged by the verdict, women in the Italian Parliament took to the steps of the Supreme Court wearing jeans. As international news spread of the overturned conviction, similar protests sparked and a national day of protest and solidarity with survivors of assault has been born – Denim Day. The YWCA of Northwest Ohio recognizes this day by holding a Chalk the Walk event. Community members are encouraged to write positive messages to survivors outside of our shelter doors.

Text YWCADenimDay to 41444 to donate.