Standing in his denim jeans Chief Beck told those gathered and the media during the past eight years the Department has reduced the number of rapes and domestic violence as well as eliminating the rape kit backlog. He thanked the Mayor, organizations such as Peace Over Violence, and the people of Los Angeles for their support in making that happen.
“There is no excuse for sexual assault. There is no excuse for domestic violence. There is no excuse for us not doing something about it as a City, as a police department, as a group of people,” said Chief Beck.
Every year since 1999, Peace Over Violence has organized Denim Day in Los Angeles and the United States. It is a rape prevention education campaign, where they ask community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion statement and on this day wear jeans as a visible means of protest against misconceptions that surround sexual assault. Los Angeles was the second major U.S city to formally adopt “Denim Day” in 2008.
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