NEWS AND UPDATES:
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!
Every 2 minutes, another American is sexually assaulted. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey - There is an average of 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year.
Men and boys are also the victims of the crimes of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape. In fact, in the U.S., over 10% of all victims are male.
If you or someone you know is a victim of rape or sexual assault call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800)656-HOPE (4673) or 911 now.
Denim Day in LA, Wednesday April 23, 2014
What is Denim Day?
Denim Day was originally established in response to an Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction on the basis that the victim wore tight jeans. The justices stated that the victim must have helped her attacker remove her jeans and therefore must have given consent and reversed the conviction. Wearing jeans on Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault.
The first Denim Day in LA was in April 1999, and has been commemorated every April since. Click here for more information on the history of this important day.
March and Rally Against Child Sex Trafficking
Please join Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas for a rally and march against sex trafficking to raise awareness.
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Where: Western Avenue (between MLK Blvd. and Slauson Ave.)
For more information call (213)974-2222 or visit the Empowerment Congress website by clicking here.