Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club wears denim, raises money to support sexual assault victims
Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 8:11 am

OGDENSBURG -- The Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club wore denim to their monthly dinner meeting at the Gran View recently in support of victims of Sexual Assault and Renewal House.

They each donated $5 to Renewal House, which serves victims of sexual assault and domestic violence throughout St Lawrence County.

Denim Day, April 25, stems from a 1992 Italian court case in which the conviction of a rapist was overturned. Because the victim was wearing very tight jeans, the judge ruled that “she must have helped him (the rapist) take them off, and by her removing the jeans it was no longer rape, but consensual sex.”

Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club members are asking community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and on Denim Day (April 25) wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

Each person could donate $5 to wear denim and send to your local rape crisis agency. This could mean a 16-year-old victim of sexual assault will not have to go home in a hospital gown. It could mean a group of teens will become educated about how to protect themselves from assault. It could mean someone you love would get the support they needed after an assault.

Renewal House, 3 Chapel Street, Canton, NY 13617 is St Lawrence County’s agency for victims of sexual assault. They can be reached 379-9845.

Pictured from left, front row: Bridget Dolan, Linda St. Joseph, Patti Hogle, Linda Tiernan Smith, Pam Neal, Harriett Beggs; middle row: Judy Ryan, Elaine McCarthy, Donna Pirie, Sherin Cunningham

Back Row: Marcia LeMay, Vicky Garrabrant, Guest Speaker Barb Barlow, Gail Bouchard, Barb Wood, Mary Lou Ashley, Colleen Anderson, Kim Cilley