United Way of Marathon County participates in Denim Day on April 29, 2020 from a safe social distance as millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose. United Way support survivors and education about all forms of sexual violence.
Why Denim Day? A symbolic gesture – an Italian court overturned a rape conviction due to the High Court not believing that the victim had not consented to sexual contact since, in their opinion, her jeans were so tight the perpetrator could not have gotten them off without her assistance. Sounds outrageous, yet in Italy, and all over the world, women and men who are victims of sexual assault continue to be disbelieved and accused of causing the assault due to their behavior…or fashion sense. This has to stop.
United Way of Marathon County’s mission is to unite people and organizations in Marathon County to build a stronger community and strategically invest in education, financial stability and health priorities to improve lives now and into the future. It began in 1930 and has been a staple of the community expanding to include four coalitions and more than 24 funded partners that are invested in the education, financial stability and health of our community.