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April 13, 2004

ORGANIZED DENIM DAY IN LOS ANGELES, ASKING COMMUNITY MEMBERS, ELECTED OFFICIALS, BUSINESS AND STUDENTS TO WEAR JEANS AS A VISIBLE MEANS OF PROTEST AGAINST THE MYTHS THAT SURROUND SEXUAL ASSAULT. DENIM DAY IN LOS ANGELES LAST YEAR HAD MORE THAN 55,000 PARTICIPANTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 19TH, A "DENIM DAY" RALLY SUPPORTED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL BE HELD IN THE MALL AREA. TODAY, I'M VERY PLEASED TO PRESENT THIS SCROLL PROCLAIMING DENIM DAY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY TO JENNIFER LUCK AND ANDREE MORIN, BOTH WITH THE LOS ANGELES COMMISSION ON ASSAULTS AGAINST WOMEN. [ APPLAUSE ]

SPEAKER: THANK YOU, SUPERVISOR BURKE, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF "DENIM DAY" IN LOS ANGELES AND THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR SUPPORTING DENIM DAY AS WELL. EVERY TWO MINUTES IN THIS COUNTRY, A WOMAN IN THIS COUNTRY IS RAPED AND IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT THE CRIME OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE. THE PURPOSE OF DENIM DAY IS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND DISPEL MYTHS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE. AND SO WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL OF YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN DENIM DAY AND MAKE A SOCIAL STATEMENT WITH YOUR FASHION STATEMENT BY WEARING JEANS ON APRIL 21ST. YOU CAN GO TO WWW.DENIMDAYINLA.ORG TO REGISTER YOUR PARTICIPATION AND ALSO TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR RALLY AND SPEAKOUT THAT WILL TAKE PLACE HERE AT THE CIVIC CENTER MALL ON APRIL 21ST FROM 11:30

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