It doesn’t matter what someone is wearing – be it jeans, yoga pants, a short skirt, or nothing at all – they do not deserve to be sexually assaulted.
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IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU’RE WEARING OR DOING. NO ONE DESERVES TO BE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
The prevalence of sexual harassment, violence, and assault has gotten a lot of national and social media attention in the past few years, particularly when it comes to what women and girls wear and do.
There have been debates about whether or not women should wear yoga pants in public, stories about why girls can’t wear certain types of clothes to school because it is too distracting for boys, and even judges excusing perpetrators’ behavior because, apparently, what clothing a woman decides to wear equals saying “yes” to sexual activity. Victims are often blamed for their assault because of what they were doing at the time, such as going to a party, bar or club, consuming alcohol or marijuana, going hiking alone, or even just walking down the street.
Rather than focusing the actions of the person who chose to sexually assault another person, these conversations serve to blame victims of sexual violence.
We recognize that boys and men also experience sexual assault, and CCASA supports all victims regardless of their gender identity. Research indicates that 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men in Colorado as well as over 50% of transgender folks nationwide have experienced sexually violent crimes in their lifetime.