Mayor Dyer will call on Marcia Hope Goodwin, Chief Service Officer and Director of Community Affairs & Human Relations, to introduce the proclamation.
The month of April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise awareness that sexual assault is widespread and harms our community. Statistics show that one in five women and one in 33 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives. The Denim Day movement is a worldwide effort that started as a grass-roots protest against a controversial Italian Supreme Court decision, in which a rape conviction was overturned because the victim was wearing tight jeans at the time of the attack, implying consent. Denim Day enlists public support to dispel the inaccurate and destructive misconceptions that surrounds sexual assault.
By participating in Denim Day, residents can help spread awareness about the physical and emotional trauma that accompanies sexual assault, while showing our support for survivors in our community. The City of Orlando urge all citizens to wear jeans on Denim Day to stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault. Ms. Goodwin will introduce Lui Damiani, Executive Director of Victims Service Center of Central Florida, before the Mayor reads the proclamation and takes a photo with the Victims Service Center board, staff and supporters.