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DVSAC highlights violence with events

This is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the theme this year is “Speak Out Against Sexual Violence.”

The Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition has planned events to raise awareness about rape and sexual abuse.



— On April 18, an evening of poetry and spoken word starts at 6:30 p.m. at Open Mike Night at




— April 24 is International Jeans Day, which originated in 1999 in response to an Italian court ruling that overturned a rape conviction that claimed women who wear jeans cannot be raped. Wear jeans to work or school to challenge the many misconceptions that contribute to a culture of sexual violence.

— Also on April 24, a local version of the nationally recognized Nevada County Clothesline Project will be displayed at Elizabeth Daniels Park next to Safeway in Grass Valley between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Doing the laundry has always been considered women’s work, and in the days of close-knit neighborhoods, women often exchanged information over backyard fences while hanging their clothes out to dry,” said Carol A. Chichetto, chairwoman of the Massachusetts Clothesline Project Steering Committee.

The project lets victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault tell their stories. Friends and family members may also share stories of loved ones who were killed during incidents of domestic violence or rape.

The Nevada County Clothesline Project includes hundreds of T-shirts decorated by local survivors to depict their stories of violence, abuse and healing.

The project will also be displayed from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Grass Valley United Methodist Church.

For more information or to get involved, call 272-2046.


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