Safe Embrace supports assault victims with denim coffee sleeves

RENO, NV (KOLO) -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Safe Embrace is hoping to acknowledge the issue Wednesday, April 24, otherwise known as Denim Day.

Denim Day is an international protest responding to the Italian Supreme Court's overruling of a rape conviction in 1999. To shed light on the day, the local non-profit created coffee sleeves made out of denim.

Volunteers and interns at the organization spent hours hand-making dozens of denim sleeves. This is the first year Safe Embrace has made the coffee sleeves. Last year, volunteers made ribbons in support of Denim Day and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

"We're always working to end domestic violence and to end sexual violence but we can't do that without the community's support," Emily Spalding, Sexual Violence Advocate for Safe Embrace, says. "So any outreach that we're able to do and participate in we're really grateful for."

Denim coffee sleeves are free, but are donation-based. They are available to pick up until they're gone at several coffee shops in Reno and Sparks, including Lighthouse Coffee, Jostella Coffee Co., Purple Bean, See See Motor Coffee Co., Code Coffee, and Bibo Coffee Co.

"I'm hoping that people are excited about this and they do some more research and educate themselves on the dynamics of sexual assault and victim blaming and just on Denim Day in general," Spalding says.

Safe Embrace staff and volunteers provide compassionate and trauma-informed services to individuals suffering from current or past domestic violence and abuse, and/or sexual assault.

Governor Steve Sisolak encourages all Nevadans to wear denim April 24 in support of the 20th annual Denim Day.

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