Denim Day: Nebraska brings awareness to sexual assault

NORFOLK, Neb. - Northeast Nebraska community taking part in an international movement.

Bright Horizons in Norfolk serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and Wednesday they are decked out in denim supporting sexual assault survivors. 

Executive director Linda Olson says sexual assault is one of the most under-reported crimes in the nation.

"Most of the victims we work with have never reported to law enforcement," said Olson. "Most of the victims we work with...they're perpetrators have never been held accountable."

Denim Day began 22 years ago following the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Italy.

The Italian Supreme Court overturned the conviction and released the perpetrator saying the victim’s jeans were so tight she must have helped get them off, implying she gave consent.

Outraged by the decision, women in the parliament protested while wearing jeans outside the supreme court.

The first denim day was hosted in April 1999 in Los Angeles and has annually grown throughout the world.

To learn more about the movement, or more information about Bright Horizons click HERE.