SACA uses two events to bring sexual assault awareness month to Long Beach

Women, men and teens who have survived sexual violence are invited to speak at the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency’s (SACA) open mic event Friday, April 20, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Soroptomist House at Cal State Long Beach.
This event is an opportunity for survivors to share in a supportive environment and for the community to learn about the impact of sexual violence.
The day includes the Clothesline Project display, featuring shirts decorated by women who have survived sexual and domestic violence and a self-defense and safety instruction class so attendees can learn to protect themselves and increase their own safety.
The Speak Out is an annual occasion as part of April being Sexual Assault Awareness month.
Another annual part of the month is Denim Day, this year on Wednesday, April 25, when women are encouraged to wear jeans. This is a symbol of protest of harmful attitudes about rape in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim wore jeans. The justices reasoned the victim must have helped her attacker remove her tight jeans, which they felt implied consent.
Denim Day is a public education campaign designed to protest rape and attitudes that excuse sexual assault. The Los Angeles Commission on Assault against Women and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault started Denim Day California in 1999 to focus community awareness on the devastating effects of sexual violence and how to prevent it.
For additional information, contact SACA by calliing (562) 989-0309 or visit
To reach the SACA Sexual Assault Hot Line, call (562) 989-5900.

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