Denim Day 2014: There is NO EXCUSE Not to Participate!

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Someplace Safe is seeking area employers, organizations and individuals to join us on April 23, 2014 for National Denim Day.

Someplace Safe also encourages you to participate in our Dollars for Denim campaign.  On this day, individuals may donate $1 to wear denim and raise awareness of myths surrounding rape and sexual violence, collectively showing support for survivors. Donations to Someplace Safe support local services to assist victims and survivors.

Why Denim?

In 1998, a teenage girl in Italy was raped by her driving instructor. The man was convicted, but his case went to the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome. The court overturned the conviction, arguing that because the girl wore very tight jeans she must have had to help remove them, thereby giving consent to have sex. The case made international headlines, and the young woman’s jeans became a symbol of awareness that what someone wears is never an excuse for rape.

How Do I Get Involved?

  • Sign up to participate in Dollars for Denim on Wednesday April 23, 2014 as an individual or as a group! Contact your local Someplace Safe Advocacy Office to join in or pledge your support.
  • Join Someplace Safe on Facebook and Twitter, and watch for tips and information all throughout April.
  • Take a photo of yourself and/or group and email it to Someplace Safe at Someplace Safe will try to share these photos on Facebook as well!
  • Provide education for your business, social group, faith community, school, or other group regarding Sexual Assault
  • Host a presenter on Denim Day and Sexual Assault (this can be provided by your local Someplace Safe staff or volunteers).
  • Display the No Excuses Public Service Announcement PowerPoint in your break rooms, in your bulletin, or with local media.

On April 23, 2014, make denim more than a fashion statement; make it a visible show of support for victims and survivors of rape and sexual assault by raising awareness in your community!


Playing for Parenting Time Centers

Prepare to let a child’s imagination run wild! Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers are holding their first ever Playhouse Raffle. The prize? A beautifully crafted, Amish-built, wooden playhouse! If you would like to be the lucky winner, all you need to do is purchase a ticket. Tickets are now on sale for $10 each.

A number of local service organizations have contributed to help this dream become a reality. THANK YOU goes out to the Underwood Area Lions Club, Alexandria Kiwanis Club, Pelican Rapids VFW, Alexandria Knights of Columbus, Kensington Lions Club, Fergus Falls Kiwanis Club, Starbuck VFW, Glenwood American Legion Auxiliary, Elbow Lake Lions Club, Fergus Falls Noon Rotary, and New York Mills VFW for their support.

Tickets are currently being sold at each of Someplace Safe’s Advocacy Offices, PTCs and Community Thrift Store locations. Others also selling tickets include: Security State Bank, Bremer Bank, Lakeway Market, Pebble Lake Take 5, The Market, Viking Café, Meadow Farm Foods, Service Food Market, and Minnesota Motors in Fergus Falls; Tom’s Food Pride, The Nutcracker Café, and VFW in Starbuck; GasMart, Tom’s Food Pride, Minnewaska Meats, Soo Line Credit Union, Marthaler Chevrolet, Chamber of Commerce, Clyde’s Machines, Curves and Bernie’s Bookeeping in Glenwood; Manny’s Gas Station in Erhard; United Way, Gathering Grounds, Perham Office Supply, and Zorbaz on Little Pine in Perham; and Larry’s and the Food Co-op in Ortonville.

All funds raised will help to support Someplace Safe PTC services for families. Stop by these locations or call 218-739-3132 for tickets. The winner will be drawn on May 9 at Someplace Safe’s 35th Anniversary Celebration & Banquet. The winner need not be present to win. Follow Someplace Safe Parenting Time Centers on Facebook for the big announcement!

Thank you for your support and GOOD LUCK!



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