Denim Day Tucson Live Art event


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

    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 mostly young men & women at Mike Haggerty Plaza on 4th Avenue, promoting Denim Day and sexual assault awareness. Women are having their jeans painted with signs about assault and there are lots of jeans with strong messages hanging on the park’s gates. Flyers being handed out to passerbys, stating that “ages 12 to 34 are the highest risk eyars for rape & sexual assault” and that “every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted”. Event ongoing with music till 10 p.m. tonight.

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