Denim Day NYC 2017 — Beauty for Freedom

Beauty for Freedom x Denim Day Rally in Foley Square Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and today, a rally to highlight the plague of sexual violence. Many demonstrators wear jeans, to make the point that there is no excuse and never an invitation to rape. NY1’s Clodagh McGowan has the details.


Denim Day NYC and the Denim Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge were incredible learning experiences for our entire Beauty for Freedom team Wed. April 26th and we are grateful to all of the advocates, activists, non-profits, volunteers, supporters and public officials who braved the rain to take a stand against sexual assault and domestic violence! Please visit to support this coalition and continue to support these amazing organizations throughout the year!

Public officials and advocates in attendance and speaking at the press conference at Foley Square included Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, BFF Executive Director Monica Watkins, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, Brooklyn YWCA Executive Director Martha Kamber, BFF Executive Board Member Suwana Perry and survivor/advocate/filmmaker Anna Leigh Cooper.

My Jeans My Body My Choice

I Am Not Invisible



1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives

Annually, rape costs the U.S. more than any other crime ($127 billion), followed by assault ($93 billion), murder ($71 billion), and drunk driving ($61 billion)

81% of women and 35% of men report significant short-term or long-term impacts such as Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old

Resources for Reporting Rape and Domestic Violence & To Seek Counseling Services Available to Survivors

Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
Office of Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo
Barrier Free Living
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
New York City Department of Youth and Community Development
New York City Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence
Runway the Real Way
Safe Horizon
SAKHI for South Asian Women
Steps to End Family Violence

NYC Hotlines

Safe Horizon Rape Crisis/Sexual Abuse 24-hour Hotline
TDD: 866-604-5350
New York City Police Department Special Victims Division 24-hour Hotline
New York City Police Department Special Victims Report Line
NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
NYPD Special Victims Division 24-hour Hotline
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline
TDD: 866-604-5350