17 Dec 2021: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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.

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 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. It’s also an important opportunity to remember the lives that have been lost due to violence towards sex workers and show solidarity and support to those who have been affected by violence.

We run the 17 Days of Action in order to raise more awareness about the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and get as many people as possible to join us in pledging their support and solidarity for sex workers.

Our 2021 Campaign…

For our 2021 campaign we’re asking our supporters to make a pledge to stand against violence towards sex workers.

Below we’ve attached a pledge that you can use, or a blank pledge sheet and make your own. To be involved we ask that you print a pledge and take a picture with your pledge (if you don’t feel comfortable having your face in the photo you can cover it with the pledge sign), then send us the picture by emailing ProjectAssistant@basisyorkshire.org.uk. You can also share this on your own social media to help spread the word about #IDEVASW, don’t forget to tag us if you do!

Pledge Templates 1 ¦ Pledge Templates 2

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If you’d like to spread the word about our campaign and help get more people involved feel free to share our information pack attached below that has information on what the campaigns all about and how to get involved.

Information and Pledge Templates

What’s On

We’ll be running activities throughout the campaign, once we’ve got more details you’ll find them uploaded here with information on how you can attend.

Webinar – date tbc

Wear Red on 17th December – as a sign of solidarity with sex workers on IDEVASW we’re asking people to wear something red.

Vigil on 17th December – there will be a vigil in Leeds to mark 17th December, if you would like more information please get in touch with us

We’ll also be sharing these across our social media so please give us a follow across our platforms.

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