WHAT IS DENIM DAY?

The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a sexual assault conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the survivor was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist 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 of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. NorCal staff wear denim every year on Denim Day to support Deaf survivors of sexual assault.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We practice survivor centered philosophy.

This means that you choose, you decide and we support your decision.

WHO WE SERVE INCLUDE

Individuals who experience domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence and stalking who are deaf or hard of hearing, and intimate partners and family members close to survivors who are also emotionally affected.

CHANGE BEGINS WITH YOU

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WHAT CAN DEAFSAFE DO?

  • Listen, support you, give you tools for safety and self sufficiency.
  • Help you with restraining orders, police reports, and communication access.
  • Go with you to court and medical appointments.
  • WHAT CAN I DO TO SUPPORT A SURVIVOR?

  • Always listen to and believe the survivor.
  • Ask the survivor how you can help.
  • Respect the survivor's choices and boundary needs.
  • Keep your conversations with the survivor confidential.
  • DEAF WOMEN ARE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
    1 OUT OF 2
    Facts & Stats: "DAWN" Web., 24 March 2016.
    DEAF MEN EXPERIENCE SEXUAL TRAUMA IN THEIR LIFETIME
    4 OUT OF 10
    Schild & Dalenbery, 2015
    COMPARED TO HEARING WOMEN DEAF WOMEN EXPERIENCE SEXUAL ASSAULT
    TWICE THE RATE
    Anderson, 2010

    THE MOST TROUBLING FACT IS...

    "...the Deaf Community is largely invisible to victim service providers..."

    CONTACT US

    Contact DeafSAFE if you are experiencing domestic violence, sexually assaulted or being stalked.