In the early 1990s, an Italian driving instructor was convicted of raping his student during a lesson. His conviction was later overturned when a judged ruled the victim’s jeans were too tight.
In commemoration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Alexandria Sexual Assault Center is displaying jeans around the city, decorated by local sexual assault survivors and their supporters.
“They told me it wasn’t rape because he was my boyfriend,” says one pant leg.
“They told me my clothes said I was asking for it,” says the other. The crotch is painted in red.
“In Alexandria, we believe the survivor. We empower the survivor to make decisions for themselves as well, and so we want to bring awareness to all the services and the community response that we have in Alexandria,” said Debbie Evans, division chief for the SAC and its domestic violence program.
The jeans will remain on display at the police department, social services building, health department, and other locations throughout the month.
The Sexual Assault Center is also sponsoring a poetry share on April 16, and a play presented in partnership with Friends of Guest House, the City of Alexandria Domestic Violence Program, and SAC on April 26.
The 24-hour Alexandria Sexual Assault Hotline is 703-683-7273.