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Join Someplace Safe for Denim Day on April 27, 2016!







Join Someplace Safe for Denim Day on April 27, 2016

What is Denim Day?

The Denim Day campaign was originally triggered after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her attacker remove her jeans, thereby implying consent.  The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.  Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol against the misconceptions about sexual violence.

How do I participate?

ANYONE can participate in Denim Day!  Someplace Safe asks community members, businesses and students to make a social statement by wearing jeans on April 27, 2016 as a visible symbol of support for survivors of sexual violence.

Will you consider pledging a few dollars for the “privilege” of wearing jeans to work and everywhere you go on April 27, 2016?  You may bring your “Dollars for Denim” proceeds to your local Someplace Safe office, or mail to: Someplace Safe, P.O. Box 815, Fergus Falls, MN  56538-0815

A limited number of Denim Day posters and stickers are available to help you promote Denim Day at your place of businesses or within your group. To request your Denim Day packets, please contact your local office or email:

How can I help publicize Denim Day?

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For more information on Denim Day, visit:


Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) was first officially observed as a national awareness month in 2001. Fifteen years later, in 2016, SAAM has been instrumental in bringing public awareness and activism to sexual assault, a once-hidden issue.  According to the CDC, 1 in 5 women is a survivor of rape, and 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives.  These staggering statistic show just how widespread sexual violence is in our society.

This April, the SAAM campaign is focused on prevention, with the slogan stating “prevention is possible”.  Prevention is possible when everyone in our community gets involved in creating a safer environment for all.  Prevention efforts aim to stop sexual violence before it even happens. 

How can you, your workplace, group, campus, or community prevent sexual violence before it happens? Join Someplace Safe this April in promoting safe behaviors, strengthening policies at school and work, and encouraging healthy relationships by:   

  • Intervene to stop concerning behaviors
  • Speak up when you hear rape jokes or harmful comments
  • Promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships
  • Believe survivors when they disclose
  • Coordinate a community event to raise awareness
  • Email legislators about ways everyone can get involved
  • Create prevention policies at your workplace or school 
  • Support businesses that promote healthy messages through their marketing campaigns (from

To learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and prevention efforts, visit or www.   For additional resources visit



What can you do in your community to support victims and survivors of sexual violence?  The first step is increasing awareness and community involvement in preventing sexual violence.  Join Someplace Safe at one or all of our awareness events and fundraisers this spring whether it be through volunteerism, sponsorship, or attendance.


April 6 - Women’s Self Defense Class: Wadena/Deer Creek High School, 600 Colfax Avenue, Wadena

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: free event

For more info contact Tanja at: (218) 631-3311 or


April 9 - 7th Annual Vintage Tea: Living World Lutheran Church, 1722 16th Avenue E, Alexandria, MN

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 per ticket

Lunch - Program - Silent Auction

Keynote Speaker Cathy Weber-Zunker: “Never Let a Good Thing Go Unsaid”

For more info contact Susan/Kristy at: (320) 762-1995 or or


April 10 - Dad’s Belgian Waffle Brunch Fundraiser: Old No. 1, 412 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $8 adults/$6 kids

For more info contact Lisa at (320) 589-3208 or


April 11 - Women’s Self Defense Class: Greenquist Academy, 502 Minnesota Avenue, Breckenridge, MN

Time: 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Cost: free event.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  25 spots available. 

For more info or to pre-register call (218) 643-3109 or


April 12 - Walk a Mile In Her Shoes: Someplace Safe, 206 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Cost: free event

For more info contact Lisa at (320) 589-3208 or


April 13 - Volunteer Appreciation Day: Someplace Safe Thrift Stores

Alexandria Thrift Store - 690 Voyager Drive # 106, Alexandria, MN

Morris Thrift Store - 708 Atlantic Avenue, Morris, MN

Join us for special sales and promotions!  Refreshments served.


April 13 - Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: M-State Campus Fireplace Lounge, 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN

Time: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: pledges accepted

For more info contact Melissa F. at (218) 739-2853 or  or Jeanine at (218) 770-4256 or


April 22 - “Gallery on the Go” Canvas Painting Fundraiser: The Uptown, 224 Jefferson Street South, Wadena, MN

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $35.00

To secure your spot, go to: party code 0422-SS-1342

For more info contact Tanja at (218) 631-3311 or


April 29 - 2nd Annual “A Formal Affair” Fundraiser: Lakeside Ballroom

180 South Lake Shore Drive, Glenwood, MN

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $25 in advance/$30 at the door.  Elegant evening of music, light appetizers, wine tasting, and silent auction.

For more info contact Chelsea at (320) 634-3483 or


April 29 - Brat Stand Fundraiser: Service Foods, 321 West Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more info contact Kim/Melissa B. at (218) 739-2853 or or


April 29- Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Perham High School, 5th Street SE/HWY 78, Perham, MN

Time: Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and Walk to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Cost: Suggested donation of $10.00 per attendee.  Walk ends at Lakes Cafe for a short program and free taco bar.

For more info contact Shawn at (218) 346-7276 or


April 30 - 5K Walk/Run: Athletic Park Warming House

815 3rd Street SE, Elbow Lake, MN

Time: Registration 8:00 a.m. and Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m.

Cost: $20 registration fee per person.

For more information contact Erin at (218) 685-4203 or


May 10 - 4th Annual Walk a Mile In Her Shoes:

Big Ole Park, 2nd Ave and Broadway, Alexandria, MN

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Pledges accepted.  Free t-shirts to participants who gather $25 or more in pledges.

For more info contact Susan/Kristy at (320) 762-1995 or


May 14 - 5K Walk/Run: Knights of Columbus Shelter, Sunnybrook Park, Wadena, MN

Time: 7:30 am to 11:00 a.m.

Cost: $15 early registration fee/$20 day of event.

For more information, or to register, contact Tanja at 318-631-3311 or