Posted - 05/04/2008 : 5:51:22 PM
The reason behind the ball.......I even got hubby into jeans for this one!
The History of Jeans for Justice
Early in February 1999, a Judge in Italy overturned the 1998 rape conviction of a 45-year-old driving instructor named Carmine Cristiano. A lower court had sentenced Cristiano to two years and eight months in prison for raping an 18-year old student. The appeals court said the girl must have consented to sex and sent the case back for retrial.
The Court of Cassation ruled that it is impossible to take off tight pants such as jeans "without the cooperation of the person wearing them," and said it is impossible if the victim is struggling. The court also questioned why the victim, identified only as Rosa, waited several hours to tell her parents she'd been attacked.
"It could be seen as a manual for aspiring rapists," the Rome daily Il Messaggero fumed in a front-page story. Alessandra Mussolini, a deputy of the rightist National Alliance, called the ruling "shameful" and said it "offends the dignity of women." A group of women lawmakers wore jeans to Parliament the day following the ruling. They displayed a sign that read "Jeans: An Alibi For Rape." Massimo D'Alema said he could not comment on the ruling as prime minister, but as a private citizen, he expressed "solidarity" with the protesting female lawmakers. Protesting lawmakers asked women all over Italy to join a "skirt strike" and wear jeans. The anchor of a popular television show (known for her chic dresses) also donned a pair of denims. A housewives federation ridiculed the court by offering a prize to any designer who comes up with "easy-off jeans" and it planned a march in dungarees to the Justice Ministry. Union Official Stefania Sidoli said, "We thank the court for having enriched women's wardrobes with a new garment. To the business suit and the little black dress, we can now add the anti-rape outfit: a comfortable and resistant pair of jeans."
Protests have now gone global. In the United States, Abuse Counseling and Treatment in Florida coined the phrase "Jeans for Justice."
Businesses in Towns and Union Counties bring the message home each April by participating in “Jeans for Justice Awareness Campaign”. Utilizing the symbolism of jeans to bring attention to sexual assault, they let others know that such crimes will not be tolerated in our community.
As an extension of the awareness created by Jeans for Justice, S.A.F.E. is promoting the “Jeans for Justice” Blue Jean Ball to be held May 30, 2008.
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
Posted - 05/15/2008 : 10:59:53 AM
Everyone needs reminded of this event!
Thats what it is all about.. helping those victims in need..
Also shop the thrift stores to help contribute.. I know both Towns and Union have awesome deals on clothes.. and some other things as well.. so check out their blue jean wear for additional contributions.. :)
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." -Abraham Lincoln