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Life, Death, Trust

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Sociopath Houston attorney crashes plane with two escorts, hires goons to beat one to death, rapes the other, and gets away with it. Betrayal of trust, traumatic brain injuries, fraud, felonies, and violence against women.
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This story is not for the faint of heart, but for the strong of heart. Read it. Help via GiftRocket.com and using email address: abrooks2014 AT hush.com

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Sex Workers Don't Deserve to be Raped

Sex Workers Don't Deserve to be Raped | Sex Work | Scoop.it
In the oldest profession, rape, assault and murder are a constant threat, but even in areas where prostitution is legal, sex workers face discrimination
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Rape culture in our city: An open letter to St. John’s

Rape culture in our city: An open letter to St. John’s | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Media coverage of reports of gang rapes in St. John's has directed many to contemplate their moral stance on sex work, instead of their moral stance on rape and the appropriate police response to the rape of any person.
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"But for those of us who are not sex workers, does it really matter that we know the exact profession of those who were assaulted (ok, let’s call it what it is: gang raped and sodomized)? If hairdressers had been the ones reporting the crimes would the headlines have read, “Hairdressers given warning among gang rape reports”? Probably not."

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Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology

Sex work and the politics of rape: why the government owes women an apology | Sex Work | Scoop.it
When Conservative MP Robert Goguen asked Timea Nagy, a former sex worker who alleges she was gang raped, whether the attack was a case of freedom of expression, well, it was hard to know how to react.This all took place during a recent committee meeting regarding Bill C-36, which aims to transform the legality of sex work in this country.
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Study: To Lower Rape and STD Rates, Decriminalize Prostitution

Study: To Lower Rape and STD Rates, Decriminalize Prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A loophole in Rhode Island decriminalized prostitution between 2004-2009. During this time the state saw significant decreases in rape and gonorrhea.
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What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About

What (Many) Sex Workers Don't Want To Talk About | Sex Work | Scoop.it

There are things, personal things, many sex workers don’t want to talk about; including me. And that’s a pity. Because it holds the sex worker movement back.


Most cultural shifts regarding unequal persons, such as the civil rights movement and the current positive momentum changing attitudes regarding LGBTQ issues, are arrived by showing the oppressed for what they are: human beings. The sex worker movement has been trying to make a push sex worker rights in terms of human rights and labor rights, by showing the personal plights of sex workers as it pertains to the criminal status of sex work, i.e. the legal system. But there are other issues. Issues which prove the humanity of sex workers by aligning them with “regular folk”, especially women.


Fundamentally, there are two primary reasons why sex workers cannot expose the other human indignities of the people involved: One, sex workers are primarily women and women are not yet equal (which also impacts why sexual commerce is the domain of men); two, sex work involves sex, something our culture is really screwed up about. When you combine them, you get one thing that’s definitely not allowed: the sexual autonomy of women.

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California Is The Only State That Treats Rape Victims This Way (Update)

California Is The Only State That Treats Rape Victims This Way (Update) | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Spurred by emotional testimony from sex workers, California officials voted Thursday to change a 1990s-era anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten. 

 

Under the current system, those harmed in violent crimes can be paid for medical costs and related expenses, but prostitutes are excluded because their activities are illegal.

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Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work

Fracking, Stripping, Speaking: The Sexual Politics of Sex Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The implication is that with the insufficient “supply” of women, tempting men with a hint of sexuality is too dangerous. This is almost a textbook example of victim-blaming, in which victims of sexual assault or aggression are construed to have been asking for it based on non-verbal cues, such as clothing, demeanor or profession. This sort of rhetoric flares up in large-scale rape cases. While covering the alleged rape of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, known in the media as the Maryville case, an expert witness on Fox Newssaid, “What did she expect to happen at 1am in the morning after sneaking out?” The example in the New York Times article is a variation on the same concept; the woman is cautioned that she should adjust her behavior because this will either tempt or invite sexual aggression from men. It is not the man’s responsibility to not rape women; it is the woman’s responsibility to not ‘ask for it’.

 

It may seem redundant to point out the commodification of female flesh in the industry of sex work. However, the issue at hand is specifically the rationalization that it is a simple function of the influx of men that creates conditions fertile for exploitation and predation. Critically absent from this discourse is a question as to why the men in Williston engage in this behavior. Ara Wilson, an associate professor of women’s studies at Duke University, points out that the definition of capitalist markets as “benign vehicles” that merely channel “wants, needs, and desires” overlooks the fact that “desires can be fostered and created.” Anybody can see how a sense of necessity did not precede the existence of consumer goods like smart phones, jewelry, or the millions of toys produced each year. However, with sex work, it’s taken as a given that desire precedes the market, and Wilson notes that a discussion of the creation of desire for sex work “remain[s] surprisingly unexamined”.

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Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence.

 

See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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Overall an excellent essay; however, it does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/
Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:06 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] wrote, this article does not make distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 16, 2013 11:09 PM

As [url=/u/606125 x-already-notified=1]Gracie Passette[/url] said, this article makes good points but also misses distinctions between sex & rape. Sex work is about delivering a consensual service; rape is not about sex ~ it is about violence. See also: http://www.cultofgracie.com/2012/02/28/oil-isnt-the-only-slick-smarmy-thing-in-williston-nd/

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SEXUAL ASSAULT Safety Notice for Sex Workers in the Los Angeles/Orange County Area

SEXUAL ASSAULT Safety Notice for Sex Workers in the Los Angeles/Orange County Area | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Please Forward to Fellow Workers and Allies

 

A rape crisis line worker in the Newport, CA area has reported receiving calls from a man who claims he is raping and torturing sex workers. The information that follows is from an individual source, and is provided to the community as a safety precaution, not a claim of fact or an accusation against any particular individual. Please use your judgement and discretion when screening your clients.

 

HOW HE HAS IDENTIFIED HIMSELF TO THE COUNSELORS ON THE LINE:

 

Name: David/Alex/Thomas

Age: Mid to late 30s

Good looking, well kept. Owns a sedan and two dogs, a pit and a shitzu. Claims to have body modification, including a genital piercing and penis enlargement.

 

WHAT HE SAYS WHILE ON THE PHONE:

 

He moved from the New Jersey/New York Area to Southern California about 3 months ago. Claims to have targeted sex workers on the East coast as well, taking them to places in the Hamptons and on the Jersey Shore before he moved to SoCal. He calls the Newport, CA rape crisis line once he has a sex worker trapped. He says he cuts their breasts and rapes them. He says he wants to stop. He calls for an audience while he hurts people, and the crisis line counselor reports to have heard muffled/gagged crying and screaming in the background of the calls.

 

PHONE NUMBERS HE HAS USED WHEN CALLING THE RAPE CRISIS LINE:

 

(949)244-1030

(949)244-4702

 

WHAT ABOUT THE COPS?

 

The rape crisis center contacted both the Newport Police and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and they will not investigate based on the above information.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF?

 

Screen new clients carefully, keep an eye out for a date who matches any of the above description, have the phone number of a trusted friend or local rape crisis line that is sensitive to sex workers always on your person.

 

Some Los Angeles Resources:

 

East Los Angeles Women’s Center | 323-526-5819 Project Sister Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc. | 909-626-4357 YWCA of Greater LA Sexual Assault Crisis Program | 310-763-9995

Some Orange County Resources:

Sexual Assault Victim Service | 949-975-0244 Sexual Assault Victim Services | 714-834-4317

 

We are always at some risk, but we can look out for each other. If you have any other information about this bad date please post in public.

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'Ugly mugs' improving public safety

'Ugly mugs' improving public safety | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The information gathered by a database designed to help protect sex workers is now being used to help police identify rapists and serial offenders.

 

The "Ugly Mugs" project works by sharing information on violent or potentially dangerous clients and known criminals, and makes it easier for the workers to report attacks.

 

Workers have reported 250 crimes and it is thought the information has already helped secure at least eight convictions.


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Harlotry: Rape Is No Different For A Sex Worker, Recovery Is Victory For All

Harlotry: Rape Is No Different For A Sex Worker, Recovery Is Victory For All | Sex Work | Scoop.it

I believe a lot of what helped me deal with not only the rape itself, but also the abuse, was my background in sex work.Rape is, of course, no less horrible for a whore than it is for a civilian woman. Abuse is, of course, no less horrible for a sex worker than it is for a civilian woman. Violation is violation is violation and an invasion of something so deeply personal as one’s body or mind is, I think, the worst violation one can experience, but I was no stranger to having sex with people I would normally have had no interest in fucking. The difference here was that this time I’d been forced. I wasn’t being paid, I wasn’t gaining anything, and I had made my unwillingness very clear. I hadn’t said “yes” and meant “if you have to,” I’d said “no” and meant “no.” But just as I had been able to put my work sex into a box in my brain that separated it from my pleasure sex, I was able to put this act of sexual violation into a box and move on with the business of living my life.

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