Denim Day Tucson Live Art event


    Hosted by Denim Day Tucson: Artists Working to End Sexual Violence and Take Back The Night Tucson

    “Join us to stand up for survivors and protest rape culture and victim blaming.

    Looking for volunteer artists, models, photographers, etc to come out and be part of public displays in support of survivors and to stand up to Rape Culture! Saturday April 21st 7pm to 10pm. Please PM Kate Ramlow Meyerto volunteer!

    About Denim Day: In 1998, the Italian Supreme Court Dismissed charges against a rape suspect because his victim was wearing jeans at the time of the attack. The court stated in its decision that “it is common knowledge… that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them… and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” The judgment sparked a worldwide outcry from those who understand that coercion and threats of violence are a part of the act of rape. The next day, women in the Italian legislature protested by wearing jeans and holding place cards that read “Jeans: An Alibi for Rape.””

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. About 20 painted jeans were on display at Haggerty Plaza on 4th Avenue, plus 2 artists were painting messages against sexual assault on 2 female models. Flyer being handed out says: “Without Consent, it’s Sexual Assault/ Did you Get Consent?
      Consent is:
      Consent is not:
      Unconscious”. Crisis Line for SACASA 520-327-7273.


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