REACH to hold “Jeans for Justice” event

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, REACH of Macon is presenting a special event at Main Street Coffee and Tea on Friday evening, April 26.

This Jeans for Justice event is a gallery of jeans made by Franklin High School freshman that tell a story says Jennifer Turner-Lynn with REACH, “The jeans that you’ll see in the gallery are actually jeans that students have created that are represent pieces of art—and for a lot of them, actually tell their personal stories of sexual assault.”

Turner-Lynn says you’ll likely be surprised at the number of local students that have experienced some type of sexual assault, “When we surveyed 50 percent of the freshman class last semester, we found that 40 students had been sexually assaulted at some point in their life. The stories that you see with the jeans will really touch your heart.”

The Jeans for Justice idea was inspired in 1999 after a judge in Italy overturned a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans at the time of the assault. The judge said it was common knowledge that jeans can’t forcibly be removed.

Jeans for Justice is coming up Friday, April 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Main Street Coffee and Tea in Franklin.

For more information contact REACH of Macon County at 369-5544.