You and your business can show your support for sexual assault survivors when you encourage your employees to donate $5 to wear jeans on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. PCASA will provide you with all the promotional items you need to get the word out. The business collecting the most funds will receive a first-place traveling trophy and free, state-mandated sexual harassment prevention training for all your employees.
In the early 1990s in Muro, Italy, an 18-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old driving instructor. He drove the young girl to an isolated area, forced her out of the vehicle, forcibly assaulted her, and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. Refusing to be silenced, the girl told her parents and the police.
Her rapist was initially convicted of indecent exposure. Ultimately the conviction was overturned by the Italian Supreme Court. The court, in essence, declared that since the girl was wearing tight jeans at the time of the assault, she must have consented. In its ruling, the Italian Supreme Court stated, “it is a fact of common experience that it is nearly impossible to slip off tight jeans even partly without the active collaboration of the person who is wearing them.”
The day after the supreme court’s ruling, the female members of the Italian Parliament staged a protest by wearing jeans and holding signs that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.”
The protest received international media coverage, which brought it to the attention of Patricia Giggans, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now Peace Over Violence), who established Denim Day in Los Angeles in 1999. National Denim Day is recognized each year on the final Wednesday of April.
Help us TURN OUR TOWN TEAL for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Teal is the signature color of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and is used to show our support for survivors of sexual assault. Throughout the month, you will see teal ribbons decorating the downtown areas of Springfield, Jacksonville, and Taylorville to help raise awareness of the issue.
#BeTheChange with your morning coffee!
PCASA would like to thank the following coffee shops for sharing our SAAM Be The Change Stickers while supplies last
During April, several of our local law enforcement agencies will be displaying teal ribbons on their cruisers to show their support for survivors
Thank you to all of the supporting local businesses, organizations, and schools
City of Springfield
City of Taylorville
City of Jacksonville
Old State Capitol
PORTA High School
Glenwood High School
Taylorville High School
Williamsville High School
Lincoln Land Community College
LLCC – Campus Police
Lincoln College Campus Police
Capitol Radio Group
Tails To Remember Pet Services
Jacksonville Memorial Health
If you are a local business and would like to be involved in SAAM, please fill out the form below and watch for other opportunities to get involved.
24-Hour Hotline - (217) 753-8081
Our 24-hour crisis hotline is maintained by Prairie Center staff and trained volunteers. We have extensive information on sexual violence -- from statistics to prevention tips. Our staff and hotline volunteers will help answer your questions about topics such as sexual assault, child sexual abuse, victim's rights, emotional reactions, and the legal system. When appropriate, we refer you to community resources to meet a wide variety of needs.
3 West Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
208 South Mauvaisterre St.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
215 West Main Cross
Taylorville, IL 62568