On April 24, Hope House invited local businesses to participate in Denim Day by wearing jeans to work in exchange for a small donation to Hope House. Denim Day is honor of a young woman whose rapist was let free because in his appeal case, the judge ruled that the woman’s jeans were so tight that she must have helped him take them off and thus was giving her consent. Participants wear jeans on Denim Day in support of survivors and in protest of victim-blaming.
Businesses that chose to participate and donate to Hope House this year include Portage High School, the School District of Wisconsin Dells, CESA5 in Portage, Wegner CPAs in Baraboo, Mauston High School, Moundview Memorial Hospital and Clinics in Friendship, Adams-Friendship Area Schools, River Valley School District in Spring Green, and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation,. The School District of Wisconsin Dells was the biggest contributor with a total of $1,001. Thanks to all these businesses $2,500 was raised for Hope House! Hope House provides free services to people affected by sexual assault and domestic violence, including a 24-hour helpline (1-800-584-6790), supportive counseling, legal assistance, 24-hour on-call response for Sexual Assault Nurse Exams (SANEs), shelter, support groups, information and resources, and community education. For more information, please visit www.HopeHouseSCW.org.