The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault will stage the fifth annual "Wrap Around the Capitol" at 2 p.m. on April 9.
The event marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day, recognizing the more than 1.4 million survivors of some form of sexual violence in Wisconsin and calling for action against such violence.
Participants will gather inside the Capitol Building’s Rotunda in Madison.
An announcement from the organizers said: "Held as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wrap Around the Capitol involves a rally, this year inside the Capitol. Survivors of sexual violence, allies, advocates, and other community members are invited to gather in a symbolic act to end sexual violence. This event joins an international effort to end sexual violence in solidarity with survivors and their allies."
Denim Day, observed in the United States on April 29, originated in Italy.
In the 1990s, an 18 year-old woman was raped by a 45 year-old driving instructor in Italy. The perpetrator was arrested, prosecuted, convicted of rape and sentenced to jail. However, the court overturned the rape conviction because the judges said the victim must have consented to sexual contact since her jeans were so tight the perpetrator could not have gotten them off without her assistance.
Outraged, the Italian Parliament protested by wearing jeans to work. This gave rise to Denim Day.
For more information on Denim Day, see our Denim Day page.
See what is going on across Wisconsin for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (www.wcasa.org) is a membership agency of organizations and individuals working to end sexual violence in Wisconsin. Among these are the 51 sexual assault service provider agencies throughout the state that offer support, advocacy and information to survivors of sexual assault and their families. WCASA works to ensure that every survivor in Wisconsin gets the support and care they need. WCASA also works to create the social change necessary to ensure a future where no child, woman or man is ever sexually violated again.