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Denim Day Paint Night was cancelled because of the Coronavirus but the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford is now going to host a Denim Paint Night Contest via Facebook Live on April 1st!

April is sexual assault awareness month. Denim Paint Night Contest is an event that promotes community awareness that supports survivors of sexual assault.
Join us for a fun night of Denim Painting from the comfort of your own home. Kaylee Goodman will be your instructor. This event is appropriate for all ages and will be presented by The Medical Center Foundation of Hartford, a non-profit that serves Washington County.
What is Denim Day?
Denim Day grew out of a 1989 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. An 18-year-old girl is picked up by her married 45-year-old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator gets arrested and is prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.
He appeals the sentence. The case makes it all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days, the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the Chief Judge, he argued, “because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape but consensual sex.”
Enraged by the verdict, within a matter of hours the women in the Italian Parliament launched into immediate action and protested by wearing jeans to work. This call to action motivated and emboldened the California Senate and Assembly to do the same. People all over the world were outraged, and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault.
Please join us at this event. You may submit photos of your creations. The board of directors for the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford will judge the photos. Age groups. under 10, 11- 16, 17 +. Prizes include gift certificates to visit local merchants and restaurant owners.

Please include your age, name and first initial of your last name with a photo of your masterpiece of denim art to this Facebook Page in jpeg format. The deadline for submission is April 29, Denim Day. Winners announced on Facebook Live April 30.
The Medical Center Foundation of Hartford, which supports Washington County’s SANE programs, is proud to help bring the community together in this family-friendly, social-distancing event.
If you would like to donate to the Medical Center Foundation of Hartford or for more information please visit:www.mcfhartford.orgCall: 262.670.7568
The story is taken from http://www.uwosh.edu/care/denim-day/history-of-denim-day

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