Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Identity Theft & Denim Days

So late Saturday/early Sunday DJ and I discovered we were victims of identify theft. The on-line computer game we play was hacked and the individual got access to our debit card and email address/password through the account management part of our gaming account. So we spent until 5:30am on Sunday contacting banks and credit cards and everyone who had a 24 hour customer service department. Not Fun!!!!!!!!!! But the good news is that we seem to have caught it in time and our bank accounts are looking like they are ok. Boy was that a scary experience. Looks like it was a random attack using a password forcing program like "brute force" where the computer is set to continually try password combinations until it cracks the correct password. Oy, crime just keeps right up with technology.

Ok now for my second part of this post; Denim Day 2008. Tomorrow the 23rd of April is national Denim Day. It's a day to make a social statement about sexual violence prevention and education by wearing your jeans. Why jeans do you ask? Well it's in direct relation to 1998 Italian Supreme Court ruling to overturn the conviction of a rapist go because the victim wore jeans and in their belief the jeans would have been too hard for a rapist to get off so the act had to be consensual. That absurd ruling has led to an organization & movement to help bring attention to the seriousness of sexual violence around the world. So wear some jeans tomorrow and support the safety of women around the world.

Here are some reasons why I'm supporting Denim Day tomorrow:
Every two minutes, somewhere in America someone is sexually assaulted.

Two million children around the world are forced into prostitution every year.

Law Enforcement arrests for Internet sex crimes against minors are on the rise.

1 in 6 American women are victims of sexual assault & 1 in 33 men are victims.

Most importantly - Survivors deserve support and assistance, never shame or blame.

Talk to your kids about safety and predators. Keep family computers out in an open area and utilize the parental controls to restrict access to dangerous websites. And if you ever suspect a child or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse or violence report it to the authorities immediately.

8 comments:

Mom, wife, scrapaholic... said...

Way to go girl. Take a stand! Thanks for posting that. I will have to wear jeans too. Hey, how did the crop go? I couldn't go but can't wait to hear how it went! Love what you did with your living room, my family room is also a Taupe color and Chocolate. Very soothing and neutral!

Natalie said...

Wow, I feel really guilty. I didn't know about this Denim Day. I had jeans on originally this morning, but I took them off and opted for cooler cargo shorts. Darn it. The day is more than half over, or else I'd go change back!

Toni said...

Identity theft is pretty scary stuff. I'm glad you were able to catch it before anything to terrible happened! Whew!

Meg Meggie Meggers? said...

Don't forget to call the Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Hotline 1-877-438-4338. How sad that I have that memorized. I obviously just got off work. Ignore this comment, calling the FTC probably doesn't apply to ya'll since it would seem your SSNs are safe. Hugs

Amie said...

I'm surprised the statistic is only 1 out of 6...I'd always heard 1 ouf 4. So sad! Wearing my jeans today!

Jaime said...

That's so scary! I'm so glad you fingured it out in time. I did wear jeans on Weds. (seeing as it is still flipin' cold here) It snowed all day today!

Sher said...

wow. that's crazy about the identify theft stuff, scary. And i had no idea about denim day! i did wear denim ~unknowingly~ wow. how interesting.

LIZZEE said...

wow.. Identify theft is not fun.. i'm glad they didn't get to far with it..