Kansas Denim Day April 29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2015
KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Working to Prevent Sexual Violence

TOPEKA, KS, April 15, 2015 – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recognizing April as Sexual Violence Awareness Month by participating in Denim Day on April 29. Denim Day is a response to a 1999 Italian Supreme Court ruling that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has been a symbol of support for victims of sexual violence and protest against the idea that a victim could cause their own rape.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, nearly 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men have been raped in their lifetime and 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lifetime (2011 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey). In Kansas during 2011, nearly 1 in 10 women 18 years and older had experienced unwanted sex in their lifetime (2011 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).

“Sexual violence is a major public health issue. Kansas women who experienced unwanted sex were more likely to have diagnosed depression, diagnosed anxiety, self-rated fair/poor health and thought about taking their lives in the past year,” said KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier, MD, MBA. “If you have been a victim of sexual assault either by a stranger, acquaintance or an intimate partner, know that there is help.”

To find sexual and domestic violence help in your area, visit www.kcsdv.org or call the Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

If your organization would like to participate in Kansas Denim Day contact Laurie Hart, Kansas Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager, at Lhart@kdheks.gov or 785-296-8476.

KDHE’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program provides resources and technical assistance to communities and schools to assist in the development, enhancement and evaluation of local sexual violence prevention and education initiatives. For additional information on the Kansas Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program visit www.kdheks.gov/rpe.

At KDHE, our mission is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Through education, direct services and the assessment of data and trends, coupled with policy development and enforcement, KDHE will improve health and quality of life. We prevent illness, injuries and foster a safe and sustainable environment for the people of Kansas.

Media Contact

Lucca Wang, Communications Coordinator
lwang@kcsdv.org
Office: 785-232-9784 Extension 335
Mobile: 785-633-6648

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