FORT MEADE, MD (Apr. 28, 2017) More than 80 participants, many wearing jeans and the color teal, took part in this year’s Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center’s (KACC) annual Denim Day 1.5 mile walk on Apr. 26.
The post-wide event was organized by KACC’s 10 member Sexual Harassment/ Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) Team to stand up against and stand in solidarity with sexual assault victims.
MEDDAC Commander, COL Daniel G. Bonnichsen, kicked off the event by explaining the history of Denim Day. How it began 18 years ago, after the Italian Supreme court overturned a rape conviction based on the argument that the victim in the case was wearing tight jeans, and would have to have helped the perpetrator take them off, signifying consent. In solidarity with the victim, the women of the court came to work in jeans the next day. Denim Day has since been integrated into America as a movement to raise awareness and education of sexual assault.
Before the walk, U.S. Air Force TSgt Toni C. Nieves, assigned to 707 Force Support Squadron, bravely shared her story as a sexual assault survivor.
Informational posters, yard signs, and a table with SHARP related giveaways all helped educate participants and promote awareness among observers.
The 1.5 mile walk started from KACC’s main entrance, went around the Burba Lake park, and finished back at the starting point.