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More Than A Fashion Statement: 'Denim Day In LA' Promotes Awareness About Sexual Violence

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Denim Day sounds like fun and games but those wearing jeans today are making more than a fashion statement. Denim Day in LA, and around the country, is part of an awareness campaign about rape and sexual violence stemming from an incident in "1999 when an Italian court overturned a rape conviction partially because the victim was wearing tight jeans - something the justices reasoned the suspect couldn't have removed without the victim's help," reports the Daily News.Organizers Peace Over Violence (POV) in partnership this year with, estimates local events will see more than 2 million participants including city hall presentations in West Holywood and Los Angeles and school assemblies on a variety of campuses.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck, in conjunction with the event, will hold a news conference with an update about DNA rape kits and the efforts being made by LAPD to work through the backlog.