Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2013
Contact: Anne Gordon, (916) 491-3821
Email: anne.gordon@vcgcb.ca.gov

Curbside Denim Drive-Thru to Benefit Sexual Assault Victims

Nonprofit Programs Supported by Sacramento Denim Donors

Woman collecting denim donations from a car

Sacramento, CA —The California Victim Compensation Program will once again host its Denim Day Denim Drive-Thru. This clothing collection effort provides the community a tangible opportunity to support sexual assault victims during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Denim Day movement arose from the outrage that followed an Italian Supreme Court decision in 1999 to overturn a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. It was argued that she must have necessarily helped her attacker remove her jeans, thus making the act consensual. Enraged by the verdict, women protested the decision by wearing jeans. Wearing jeans on Denim Day (April 24th, 2013) has become an international symbol of protest against destructive attitudes about sexual assault.

As part of its recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Denim Day, the California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) is hosting the Denim Drive-Thru from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 400 R Street on Wednesday, April 17th to provide the community an opportunity to directly make a difference in sexual assault victims' lives.

Denim Drive-Thru Logo

CalVCP received more than 53,000 applications and provided more than $70 million in compensation to crime victims last fiscal year. Through the program, victims can be reimbursed for crime-related expenses including costs associated with funeral services, medical bills, mental health treatment, and relocations. Funding for CalVCP comes from federal grants and criminal restitution fines and not taxpayer dollars.

For more information about CalVCP, visit the CalVCP website at CalVCP.ca.gov.

The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter.

If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCP will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible services include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCP comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes and traffic offenses, and matching federal funds.