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Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, December 17th

December 16, 2007

December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex
Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes
committed against sex workers all over the globe.

Originally conceived of by Annie Sprinkle (prostitute/porn star
turned sexologist) and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project
USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer
in Seattle Washington. International Day to End Violence Against Sex
Workers has empowered workers from over 30 cities around the world to
come together and organize against discrimination and remember
victims of violence.

During the week of December 17, 2007, sex worker rights organizations
will be staging actions and vigils to raise awareness about violence
that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery,
rape and murder of sex workers must end. Existing laws prevent sex
workers from reporting violence. The stigma and discrimination that
is perpetuated by the prohibitionist laws has made violence against
us acceptable. Please join in drawing attention to this around the
world with the 5th annual International Day to End Violence Against
Sex Workers.

In October, a female judge in Philadelphia Judge Deni ruled that the
gang rape at gun point of a Craigslist escort was not rape but “theft
of services.” All men were released, and ended up assaulting another
woman who was not a sex worker. Judge Deni was reelected to serve
another term as judge for Philadelphia shortly after this trial.
Closer to home, an Orange County cop who had been known to be
stalking exotic dancers working at a certain club was brought forth
with sexual assault charges that had a forensic semen sample as
evidence and still the now ex OC cop was not guilty of forcing Lucy
to perform a hand job because, as the prosecutor said to the jury
“she got what she wanted that night.” If any of this strikes a chord
with you, because IT COULD BE YOU or someone you love, then come to
our gathering to honor the violated, abused and murdered sisters and
brothers in the industry..

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