Zim holds denim day in solidarity with rape victims

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor
COMMUNITIES have been urged to offer support for rape victims to get the necessary legal and medical assistance in time while perpetrators face justice.
Various women and sexual reproductive health organisations this Thursday partnered the Adult Rape Clinic for the Denim Day Campaign meant to raise awareness on sexual assault.
“Denim day is a day in which we stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence so we are calling upon the public to come through and donate clothes that we will give to survivors of sexual violence. The day on its own is a day in which we want to build moment so that we can believe survivors because we see a lot of survivors where survivors are not believed and this causes a lot of problems,” said Mr Trevor Nyakudya, Adult Rape Clinic Adolescents and Youth Friendly Programme Assistant.
“As Musasa we are here in solidarity with other partners to celebrate the Denim day which is also a day complementing our sexual assault month so today we are educating young people about consenting,” said one activist.
“This comes at a time when Government is working flat out to create safe places for women and girls. As government we are doing a lot to ensure that women and girls are safe at all times. Among some of the interventions we have established what we call one stop shops where survivors can get all the help under roof we have in Harare for example established one in Epworth, they also get legal and medical services one roof,” said Mr Ernest Chimboza, the Harare provincial development officer in the Ministry of women affairs, community, small and medium enterprises.
The Denim day campaign began in 1999 after a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court in which a rape conviction was overturned on the basis that the victim was wearing tight jeans.
The assumption was that she must have helped the accused to remove her jeans thereby implying consent.