Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas today honored Susan Burton for her years of work helping Los Angeles County women rebuild their lives after incarceration. Ms. Burton, who founded A New Way of Life Reentry Project after her own struggles with substance abuse and incarceration, was one of ten finalists for this year’s CNN Heroes Award.
Blue jeans will be noticeably in style today as thousands of Southland residents recognize the 11th annual Denim Day in L.A., a campaign to raise awareness about rapes and sexual assaults.
The group Peace Over Violence started Denim Day in Los Angeles and across the United States in 1999 when an Italian court overturned a rape conviction partially because the victim was wearing tight jeans — something the justices reasoned the suspect couldn’t have removed without the victim’s help.
Anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, domestic violence or stalking can contact Peace Over Violence’s 24-hour hotlines at (213) 626-3393 in central Los Angeles, (310) 392-8381 in South L.A. and (626) 793-3386 in the west San Gabriel Valley.
In the video above, Peace Over Violence executive director Patti Giggans is honored by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.