It is a shocking and sad fact that sex working women are disproportionately more likely to be victims of violence. Many feel less able to report these crimes either due to fear of being judged or not being believed by the police or outed to friends and family which in itself is one of the reasons why sex workers are more vulnerable to violence. The derogatory language used against sex workers further legitimises violence.
Background to the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
The Day was originally developed by the founder of the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA to make people aware of the “epidemic of violence” sex workers face. It began as a memorial for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle who murdered at least 71 women between 1982-1998, most of whom were sex workers. Since then it has grown to unite sex workers rights organisations and charities around the word to raise awareness of Violence Against Sex workers with the aim to address stigma and discrimination which can so often lead to violence.
Our 2020 Campaign:
For the 2020 campaign we asked our supporters to make a pledge to stand against violence towards sex workers. Samples pledges can be fond at the bottom of this page or feel free to make your own. We ask that you take a picture of you holding your pledge and share with us via posting on your social media channels and tagging us in or sending us your picture in an email so that we can post onto our own social media channels.
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Sample Pledges to download:
Webinar- Exploring Key Questions Around Sex Work (Dec. 10th)
We hosted a webinar exploring key questions and challenging common misconceptions around consent, violence, the law and stigma that arise in relation to sex work. This event was informed by our years working as allies and by crucial input that sex workers have shared with us in facilitated inclusion and participation sessions.