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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 24, 2013 13B Denim Day 00neans standing together against rape On April 24, Denim Day will unite people across the Country to deliver the message that there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape. Denim Day is a rape prevention campaign that takes place every year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The first Denim Day was organized in 1999 by Peace Over Violence, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to building healthy relationships, families and communities free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. The day grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the COMMUNITY OUTREACH ................................. ":i'g:iii' .................................. Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center victim wore tight jeans. The judges reasoned the victim's tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. Though this particular case occurred outside our own borders, the victim-blaming culture and myths about sexual assault exist within our own communities here in the Unit.ed States. In a rape culture, we are constantly surrounded by a culture that perpetuates rape, such as television shows, jokes, laws, images, music, advertising and words that make violence, objectification of women and sexual coercion so normal that we all believe that "this is just the way it is," and rape is inevitable. This type of normalization encourages young girls to strive to be sexy, thin and physically desirable, but then calls them sluts for acting in such a way, saying that if they act this way, they are just "asking for it." If you dress a certain way, you could turn a man on, and Lord knows men can't control themselves, so if he forces himself on you it's your own damn fault. It's like saying (and I quote from startbybelieving.org), "My daughter died in a car crash," and then having someone respond by saying, "Well that's what she gets for not taking the bus." Harsh, right? So is blaming a victim for being sexually assaulted. Victim blaming discourages women/men to feel free in the expression of their sexuality. It also makes it very difficult for victims to come forward when they are violated. How we respond can make all the difference. If a loved one comes to you and tells you he/she has been sexually assaulted, it is very important not to react negatively or ask what he/she did to get into a situation like that. Having been sexually assaulted can be a very unclear and uneasy place to be. It is very traumatic and emotionally scarring. There are many decisions a victim has to make in the aftermath of being violated, including whether or not to report it. Sometimes a person may feel violated, but then not come forward because the situation may or may not have looked like what they perceive to be rape (such as stranger rape). The fact is that more than 70 percent of rape victims know their attackers. Improving our response when a victim does come forward can also help the criminal justice system hold the perpetrators accountable for their crimes. Join us for Denim Day and start by believing that the only thing that causes rape is a rapist and there is never an excuse for rape. By recognizing this and taking a stand, we can start moving into the culture of consent where only yes means yes and we can all feel free to wear whatever we want, without feeling afraid that it may be an invitation to rape. Community 00?an work :: prevent child abuse Janine COMMENTARY Social connections: in an effort to reduce, reuse And it's fun! Coordinator Members increase their and recycle. The core values of this Plumas Children's Council network of relationships Children's social and program are: "everybody Special to Feather Publishing help strengthen families in while providing and receiving emotional development: matters"; "giving is Plumas County is by services and assistance not Children also have a receiving"; "volunteers make Do you know how you can participating in the available through traditional valuable place in society, communities work"; and help with prevent child time-banking program social service programs. Providing them "people need people." abuse? Community Connections. Knowledge of parenting opportunities to volunteer Community Connections is We know that families are Community Connections and child development: teaches them valuable life a program of Plumas Rural less likely to abuse their offers a way for members to Members include single lessons for relating to others Services and the program children when they have give and receive services parents, teen parents, in their community. A strong receives partial fundillg from social connections; where all services, and grandparents and families of sense of self-esteem is often a the Plumas Children's knowledge of parenting and everyone's time, is equal. By every composition. Their result of feeling that one Council. To find out more child development; concrete creating a web of wealth of .lmowledge, matters and has something about this program you can support in times of need; relationships and support experience and training can unique and valuable to offer visit the Plumas Rural children's social and between individuals and be accessed and shared by to others. Services website at emotional development; and families who may not every member. Parental resilience: The www.plumasruralservices.or resiliency, otherwise come into contact Concrete support in ability to cope and bounce g/or contact the program So how do we go about with one another, Community times of need: Concrete back is strengthened when a coordinator, Leslie Wall, at building these strengths in Connections provides a support can include child parent's individual strengths 283-3611, ext. "818. Plumas County families? unique opportunity to care, transportation, are identified and when he or This is just one idea for how Home visiting and address isolation, family nutritious meals, clothing she is given an opportunity to you can help prevent child parenting classes are a good stress and community needs, and other valuable daily feel useful and supported, abuse and I am sure you can start. The availability of Individuals and families necessities. Community As a member of Community think of others. mental health and drug and who participate are building Connections Members Connections, I have been The Plumas Children's alcohol counseling are also the very strengths they need regularly provide these privileged to interact with Council encourages you to get important, in order to reduce the services, share the use of some amazing families and involved. So how can you help? One likelihood of child abuse and their tools and give away have enjoyed giving, and Working together we will creative way that you can neglect, their unused household goods receiving, valuable services, prevent child abuse. . To send an obituary, birth, death notice or legal, please send it here: typesetting@plumasnews.com e1 if you want to send a letter to the editor or a press release, please send it here: dmcdonald@plumasnews.com :ii Spring Dance set for April 27 Footloose Studio of the Arts and Plumas Arts will be presenting a Spring Dance Spectacular on Saturday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre. The featured performers will be First Covenant Dance Co. from Sacramento and the local Footloose Competition Dance Team. Dancers will perform a variety of styles including jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, Broadway and ballet. Presale tickets are $5 adults, $2 students and free for children under 5. Tickets purchased at the door will be $1 more. 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