International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 17, 2008

As y’all know from my last post, I’ve been a little preoccupied the past few days (I’m at home again, and safe), so I forgot to post this earlier.

What follows is from Chicago’s event, but if you live elsewhere and want to know if there’s an event near you, go here

Dec 17th: Int’l Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

presented by SWOP Chicago

December 17, 2008


YWCA 360 N. Michigan, 8th Floor

Each year, sex workers are threatened, harmed, and killed by crimes that go unreported, unpunished, and unrecognized. These types of violence violate the human rights of individuals who work in the sex work industry, and harm sex workers as a group.

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was founded by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and SWOP USA in response to the conviction of the Green River Killer, Gary Ridgway. Ridgway targeted sex workers because he believed no one would notice their absence.

When sex workers suffer sexual assault, abuse, battery, and murder, these crimes often go either unreported, or unprosecuted. Yet these crimes hurt all of society. Violence is not an “occupational hazard” or a “just punishment”, but a horrible crime for those least able to seek justice. This violence is perpetuated by stereotypes, misinformation, and an ineffective justice system.

This year, join SWOP Chicago in honoring the lives of those affected by this horrible violence. Join us for selected videos from Red Light District Chicago, including “Know Your Rights!”.

Bring photos, poems, artwork, writings, or anything else to help memorialize these individuals, and share what you feel comfortable. We will be providing refreshments, as well as sharing the names and stories of sex workers who have been affected by violence.

If you would like more information about this event, please email

See also: Ren’s blog

Please coment with links to posts about the day!


2 Responses to “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”

  1. Ettina said

    Did you hear about Brian Robert Casement? He was recently convicted of murdering a woman who he claims was a sex worker. He also claimed that she had asked him to strangle her as a kinky sexual thing, and therefore her death was accidental. (Never mind that if she was a sex worker, she wouldn’t be doing it for her own enjoyment.)

  2. Cedar said

    Yuck. No, I hadn’t. Argh. 😦

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