Nevada’s first lady, Kathleen Sandoval, visited the Boys & Girls Club as part of “Denim Day,” an international day of awareness designed to shine the light on sexual violence.
A group of more than 100 teens from the Club attended the workshop, which included a speech by Sandoval, as well as an interactive project coordinated by Kari Ramos, outreach director of the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence.
Sandoval and Ramos spoke about misconceptions surrounding sexual violence, the reality of how likely young people are to become sexual assault victims, and the stigma that victims sometimes feel.
The teens broke into groups to discuss hypothetical situations that they could experience in their lives. Ramos then brought them back into the group to discuss the results. The purpose of the exercise was to help clarify for the teens’ understanding what constitutes sexual assault, and what to do when they or someone in their lives becomes a victim.
Denim Day is celebrated internationally, with its roots in Italy. Since it came to the United States, it has expanded from larger cities to smaller metropolitan areas. For more information on Denim Day, log on to www.denimdayinla.org. To learn more about the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence, log on to ncasv.org.