Peace Over Violence is deeply disappointed to learn of the sexual abuse accusations against Paul Marciano, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at GUESS? Inc. Kate Upton’s detailed story alleges unacceptable behavior. We do not condone sexual misconduct of any form in the fashion industry, or any industry.

This news is very personal and distressing for our organization as GUESS? has been a partner and the Official Fashion Sponsor of POV’s annual Denim Day sexual violence prevention education campaign for the past four years. With GUESS?’s support, Peace Over Violence amplified the reach of the Denim Day campaign message “There Is No Excuse And Never An Invitation To Rape” worldwide. We are anxiously waiting to hear from GUESS? as to how they are going to deal with this very serious issue.

The purpose of Denim Day for the past 19 years has been to support survivors and prevent sexual assault in all its forms. We remain committed to a movement that transforms rape culture into a world free from sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence.

Denim Day 2018 is Wednesday, April 25th; we hope that you will join us and wear jeans with a purpose as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence.

—Patti Giggans
POV Executive Director and Founder of Denim Day

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Contact Britni Soto at britni@peaceoverviolence.org or 213.955.9090