Mariska Hargitay Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault by Wearing a ‘Girl Power’ Denim Jacket
Mariska Hargitay posted a photo supporting the DenimDay movement to create awareness about the victims of sexual assault.
The star from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, once again demonstrated that she is a great activist against sexual abuse and domestic violence by sharing a photo on her social media where she appears wearing a denim jacket for Denim Day.
DenimDay is an initiative that was born in Los Angeles on April 24, 15 years ago, in a reminder of the controversial case of tight jeans. In the fight against what happened, it was decided that the best way to protest against it was by having the society wear jeans for a day.
Today, we wear denim to reject societal beliefs and practices that blame survivors of sexual assault. It's our job as a community to listen, believe and support each and every survivor. #DenimDay pic.twitter.com/gOTdVpAbNS— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) April 24, 2019
It all began in 1992. Although the initiative was born in Los Angeles, the origin of the event has to do with an event that occurred in the small Italian town of Muro Lucano, near Naples. There, a young woman, 18, denounced her driving instructor, 45, for rape.
He was convicted and subsequently appealed. Surprisingly, the Supreme Court of Appeals in Rome revoked the jail sentence in 1998 because the judge claimed that it was not possible to remove a pair of denim trousers from a person without cooperating and therefore it had been a concent act.
April 24, 2019 is #DenimDay! I’ll be wearing jeans with a purpose. The Italian Supreme Court overturned a #rape conviction, because the justices felt since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped the person who #raped her remove her jeans, thereby implying consent pic.twitter.com/aGmAwPNmOR— Sesha Jensen (@seshajensen) April 18, 2019
That is, the girl was accused of consent to wear jeans on the day of the attack.
These projects are of vital importance so that events as unacceptable as what happened in 1998 are not forgotten. Everyone, men and women, must be aware of the seriousness of sexual abuse so that no one else is forced to do something they do not want.
Separating from her role as Olivia Benson, a detective specializing in sex crimes was always difficult for Mariska Hargitay. That's why in 2004, Hargitay created the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization that has helped more than 14,000 survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
The famous television actress has also opened up about a sad incident that changed the way she looked at life. Mariska talked about the emotional turbulence she experienced while going through the tragic death of her mother, Jayne Mansfield, as a 3-year-old.