Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives on tap

In recognition of April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), LACASA Center will host a free virtual film event and live discussion featuring Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. The nonprofit organization is also encouraging the public to participate in its annual Denim Day event.

LACASA provides comprehensive services for local victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency’s Sexual Assault Response Center offers confidential forensic exams in a private setting and provides counseling and support groups for victims and survivors of sexual assault. All services are provided at no charge.

This year’s virtual film presentation is set for 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2021, via Zoom conferencing. The film “I Am Evidence,” a documentary investigating the backlog of untested rape kits in Detroit, will be shown. Following the film, guest speaker Worthy will lead a discussion about why eliminating this backlog is instrumental in providing survivors with a path to healing and justice.

Worthy, who appears prominently in the film and was instrumental in addressing Detroit’s backlog issue, will explore many aspects of the film in her discussion. Talking points will include the issue of a high volume of untested rape kits in the United States, why backlogs occur, what is being done to address this issue, and how backlogs impact survivors.

Advance registration for the free virtual film event is required and can be completed at https://lacasacenter.org/virtual-film/. Registrants will receive an invitation link to the Zoom conference via email once they sign up.

Also being recognized in honor of SAAM is Denim Day on April 28, 2021. The international Denim Day campaign began after an Italian Supreme Court ruling overturned a previous rape conviction. Justices in the case said that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent.

Each year, around the anniversary date of the court’s ruling, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and people around the world wear blue jeans to raise awareness about sexual assault, consent and victim-blaming.

LACASA is encouraging the public to post pictures on social media of themselves wearing denim and tagging the agency by using the hashtag #DenimDayLivCo.

Businesses and organizations that would like posters and stickers for the event should contact LACASA Sexual Assault Response Team Director Sherry Boroto at 517-548-1350 or sboroto@lacasacenter.org.

For more information about Denim Day visit https://lacasacenter.org/denim-day/.

 

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