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AAA Mid-Atlantic: The Thrill is Gone at the Gas Pump
Friday, 06 March 2015
The Week Gas prices across the country have seen significant jumps in the past few weeks, primarily due to refinery outages and issues.  The national average has moved higher for 39 (through Friday) consecutive days, the longest streak of... Read More...
Monmouth County Parks Volunteer Docent Training Available
Friday, 06 March 2015
MIDDLETOWN, NJ —  The Monmouth County Park System has added another training session for prospective docent volunteers on Sunday, March 15.  In addition to the morning session held at Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown from 11... Read More...
IMAGE County Corrections Officers Graduated March 4, 2015
Friday, 06 March 2015
PHOTO: Graduates of the 30th Basic Course for County Corrections Officers FREEHOLD, NJ - Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is proud to announce the graduation of 20 recruits from the 30th Basic Course for County Corrections Officers. The... Read More...
Art Society of Monmouth County Winter Break 2015 Photo Exhibit
Friday, 06 March 2015
MONMOUTH BEACH, NJ - Monmouth Beach Cultural Center until March 14 Reception from 1-3pm. Free and Open to the public. Another wonderful show of the artistic work of local photographers is on display at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center until March... Read More...
Women-Know Your History
Friday, 06 March 2015
The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association encourage you to learn your family health history this March, during Women’s History Month. Robbinsville, NJ —  Women have played a vital role in our history.  They’ve lead... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Snowed In
by George Hancock-Stefan
Friday, 06 March 2015
It started during the night and continued the whole day.  This time the weatherman was right.  We got lots of snow.  It was beautiful... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - March 6, 2015
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 06 March 2015
The older you get the more coffee you drink.  That would explain the whole coffee with lunch at the diner: http://bit.ly/1B0OBSS Move over craft... Read More...
IMAGE Winter Deja Vu
by Anne Mikolay
Thursday, 05 March 2015
As winter storm Thor pummels the Mid-west and the Northeast with snow and ice, Governor Christie once again declares a state of emergency, schools... Read More...
IMAGE Winter of Discontent
by Woody Zimmerman
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Just four months ago, angry and energized voters swarmed to the polls to give Republicans control of the Senate and increase their House of... Read More...
IMAGE Bay Birds Attempt to Avoid Bay Ice
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 02 March 2015
Brrrrrrrr. No doubt this was a cold winter season. Just how cold? February officially made it into the record books as the coldest February in... Read More...

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180_make_diff_denim_1Middletown South High School students create awareness of sexual assault victims rights

HAZLET, NJ – “I would imagine that the day I take my driving road test is going to be pretty nerve-wracking,” says Tara Smyth, a junior at Middletown High School South, slated to get her driver’s license in May. “I would like to think I’m going to end up elated that I passed! I can’t imagine that day being a tragic memory.”

ara is one of several young women who gathered in the offices of 180 Turning Lives Around Inc., recently to learn more about Denim Day, observed worldwide during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The tragic memory Tara is referring to happened in Italy in 1998. The case involved a young woman who was attacked by her driving instructor.  The victim wore tight-fitting jeans and the judge ruled that the victim must have consented to sex because she was forced to help her attacker remove her jeans. People all over the world were outraged. Wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. The Italian Supreme Court decision overturned the rape conviction, and wearing denim in the month of April is now an international symbol for the rights of all sexual assault victims.

One group already committed to wearing denim is a group of concerned students at Middletown High School South. On a recent Sunday evening, these eight women were educated on sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention and most importantly, the services that 180 Turning Lives Around provides to Monmouth County residents who become victims of sexual assault. Following the informational session, the girls hand painted pairs of jeans with creative messages about Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Some of the ideas they got across included “My body is the only thing on this earth that is 100% mine. Why would you destroy that?,”  “There is No Excuse,” “Stand Up and Speak Up,” and even a Seuss-like poem “Pants loose or tight, skinny or fat, my body’s my body and that is that.” The girls plan to wear these jeans to school on Denim Day – Friday, April 26 – not only to make a statement, but to help educate their peers and teachers.

“We described the workshops and programs that 180 offers to our school administrators and said that we wanted to help,” said Gabrielle Reimann, a senior at Middletown South. “These are services and information that any one of us might use or need. It’s important to spread awareness.” Gabrielle thinks about going away to college next year. “Many girls my age will be far away from friends or family for the first time, which is scary enough without thinking about how some of these things could happen. The information we learned from 180 will help.”

 Some of the information the girls were given comes from the Sexual Assault Prevention Program at 180, which can be tailored for any audience and has been presented to numerous schools and organizations in the area. They also learned how the professionals at 180 Turning Lives Around Inc. become involved after an assault does happen.

180 seeks support for these programs  through their own  Denim Day effort aimed at Monmouth County businesses and organizations, where employees and members make dress down day count by paying $5 to wear blue jeans to work. Proceeds are used to support 180’s Sexual Assault Prevention Programs.

“Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people's perceptions about violence against women, men and children,” said Anna Diaz-White, 180’s Executive Director. ”We are so proud of these young women for taking the initiative to stand in support of survivors and encourage others to do so as well.”

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Any business or organization that would like to participate in Denim Day 2013 should contact Lauren Brajer at 732-264-4360 x4231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or log on to http://www.180nj.org/DenimDay2013.htm.

To find out more about the Sexual Assault Prevention Program at 180 (workshops are tailored to each audience), contact Sue Levine at (732) 264-4360 x4271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 180’s 24-hour Sexual Violence Hotline number is 1-888-264-RAPE.