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    U.S. Military Community in Singapore Celebrates Denim Day

    U.S. Military Community in Singapore Celebrates Denim Day

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Veloicaza | The U.S. military community in Singapore celebrated Denim Day, April 26, 2018, as part...... read more read more



    Story by Christopher Veloicaza 

    Singapore Area Coordinator

    The U.S. military community in Singapore celebrated Denim Day, April 26, 2018, as part of planned activities for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM).

    The event gathered more than 60 participants from throughout the Sembawang Naval Installation community by forming a giant human symbol of a teal ribbon signifying support for SAAPM. The participants carried teal-colored balloons, during the formation of the symbol, with most wearing denim to acknowledge Denim Day.

    According to the website, Denim Day recognizes that there is never an invitation to rape. This movement was sparked by the Italian Supreme Court ruling where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt the victim was wearing tight jeans and that she must have helped her rapist remove them – thereby implying consent. For the community leadership, this is an important event in the month-long campaign.

    Denim Day is celebrated around the world in support of sexual assault awareness. Although the Italian court case that inspired Denim Day occurred in 1992, wearing denim on this day has continued to inspire activism against damaging attitudes towards sexual assault, according to Tara Bennett, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Civilian Victim Advocate, for the Singapore Area Coordinator (SAC).

    “Our intention is to unite our community to stand against misconceptions that surround sexual assault and to provide education on ways to support victims,” Bennett said. “Through all our 2018 SAAPM efforts, we want to work to prevent sexual assault through education and active intervention. We hope that people who have participated in our events have walked away having learned something about healthy relationships, healthy communication, or ways to actively intervene to prevent sexual assault,” Bennett said.

    While this event wrapped up Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month here in Singapore, Bennett feels confident that the awareness efforts held during the month of April were well received.

    “We hope that the conversations we’ve inspired continue throughout the year as we move towards a safer, healthier military community,” said Bennett.



    Date Taken: 04.26.2018
    Date Posted: 04.30.2018 01:57
    Story ID: 274982
    Location: DC, US

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