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Mechanics Bank Employees Participate In ‘Jeans For Justice Day’

Employees of Mechanics Bank supported “Jeans For Justice Day,” held last Thursday to raise awareness and help fight to stop sexual violence. For a donation of $5 or more, participants could “buy” the right to wear jeans as a way to recognize rape survivors, as well as other crime victims. The group included (from left) Debbie Rogers, Jane Lowe, Raymond Hawkins, Judy Rogers, Lisa Edwards, Nell Jobe, Kim Mathis, Mary Jane Hart, Alice Henderson, Jeff Bynum, Patsy Francis, Tyler Hill, Susan Howe, Thomasina Turner, Latica Hattaway, Ted Nerren and Chris Hart.

Mechanics Bank participated in this years “Jeans for Justice Day,” a fund raiser for Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi  to raise awareness and help fight to stop sexual violence.

 “Jeans for Justice Day” helps raise awareness of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, was held  Thursday, April 27. An overturned 1998 rape conviction in Italy sparked this international campaign.  In that case, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the rape conviction of a 45-year-old driving instructor.  He had been convicted of raping an 18-year-old student and was originally sentenced to more than two years of incarceration.  

The conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court because the victim was wearing jeans at the time of her assault.  The court believed that a woman wearing jeans could not be raped, as her jeans could not be removed without her consent. This unpopular verdict quickly became an international symbol of rape-myth acceptance leading to the re-victimization of rape survivors.

“Jeans for Justice Day” was designed to allow local businesses, schools, and organizations to get involved in the fight to stop sexual violence.  For a donation of $5 or more, participating colleagues or members could “buy” the right to wear jeans on April 27, as a way to recognize rape survivors, as well as other victims of crime, in the community.  

By each individual buying the right to wear blue jeans, they show their support of these survivors, while their donation helps to support the services and programs provided by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc.

Family Crisis Services (FCS) is a victim service and family support organization that helps both children and adults suffering in the aftermath of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault. Additionally, they provide family support services for all in our community and serve as the Child Advocacy Center for victims of abuse. Last year alone, they served 61 victims of crime, providing them with a safe place to receive advocacy and counseling services. FCS also holds community events, such as the Halloween Spectacular, and the Party in the Park, to inform the community about available resources, and raise awareness of issues of abuse. They are located right in Oxford on Heritage Drive.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men in our country are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.  However only 10 percent of these assaults are ever reported to law enforcement.  

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