What is Denim Day?

Denim DayDenim Day is recognized internationally on April 23 in honor of a woman in Italy who was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. The woman pressed charges, but the case was dismissed because the chief judge decided that, “… 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.”

Why We Rally Around Survivors?

More than 2,500 survivors of sexual abuse each year start their healing journey in an Aurora Health Care facility. In fact, Aurora Health Care is the only health care system in the state dedicated to helping survivors of abuse from the point of crisis through life-long recovery. By providing immediate care, advocacy and support to men, women, and children who have had a traumatic experience, Aurora caregivers become a critical piece of each survivor's support network.

That's why Aurora caregivers and community supporters rally around Denim Day – an international movement to raise awareness and support for survivors of sexual assault.

Aurora Health Care's Denim Day activities will support local abuse response programs, including The Healing Center, The Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC) of Greater Milwaukee, and Aurora's S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program at Aurora locations in Burlington, Elkhorn, Hartford, Kenosha, Oshkosh, Milwaukee, and Sheboygan.

Top 5 Ways to Support Survivors on Denim Day

  1. Give to local abuse response resources, so survivors have they support they need – when they need it.
  2. Get your workplace or group of friends involved in supporting the cause.
  3. Follow The Healing Center on Facebook or Twitter
  4. Pledge to wear denim on April 23 and let others know why via social media.
  5. Learn about the state of sexual assault in our communities and help make others aware.

Funds raised will go to Aurora's Abuse Response Fund. Programs supported by this fund include:

Aurora's S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Program

S.A.N.E. is a dedicated group of specially trained nurses who provide forensic evaluations and emotional support 24/7, 365 days a year at Aurora location in Burlington, Elkhorn, Hartford, Kenosha, Oshkosh and Sheboygan.

The Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC) of Greater Milwaukee

The SATC offers safe and caring survivor-centered forensic investigation and support services to victims of rape, incest, sexual abuse and sexual assault. Specially trained nurses, social workers and advocates provide immediate access to crisis intervention and stabilization services 24/7, 365 days a year.

The Healing Center

The Healing Center is the only Milwaukee resource exclusively committed to serving sexual assault victims over their life span. Free counseling, support groups and individual advocacy are provided to survivors at any point in their recovery and healing process.