People wear denim to raise awareness of sexual assault

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - People at the Middlesboro Salvation Army held a day of prayer and fasting to observe international "Denim Day."

The event raises awareness of sexual assault and offers support to victims.

The Center for Women and Families in Louisville says participants wear denim in honor of an Italian girl who claimed she was raped, but a member of the High Court overturned the man's conviction, saying she wore tight jeans and must have willingly participated.

People in Middlesboro also had 24 hours of prayer for sex crime victims.

"And the reality of what's going on, that it's not about whether somebody has made a choice to be assaulted, it's about dealing with the perpetrators and doing something to end this," said Lt. Sarah Quinn at the Salvation Army.

March is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky.

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