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TW: Murder of sex workers, whorephobia

sexworkerproblems:

So I found this on Feminist Whore’s twitter and I am shocked and well, i don’t have words for this feeling but i feel like it illustrates the problem of whorephobia perfectly and why no, it’s not a made up name and it really does get us killed.

The “Green River Killer”, who murdered 49 full service sex workers, said, “I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted and no one would notice.”

Just let that sink in for a moment. Let it boil in your brain for as long as it takes for you to realize that when we say you are being whorephobic, you are contributing to societal attitudes that literally result in our deaths, Obviously, most people don’t want to kill us (murderous misogynists like Gary Leon Ridgeway and Julie Burchill aside), when you contribute to a society that thinks of us as being Less Than, you are contributing not only to the discrimination we face in the legal system and every other area really but also to the abuse, violence and even death of sex workers. 

Source for the quote

Support a Sex Worker and Rape Survivor’s Legal Battle

rubyrevolting:

Support a Sex Worker and Rape Survivor’s Legal Battle - please reblog and spread far and wide!

I’m Ruby - a sex worker of 7 years from Melbourne. I’ve been involved with Vixen as well as organising the inaugural Festival of Sex Work.


About 3 years ago I was raped by a serial ugly mug. Due to his history I decided to report it to the police. The committal hearing happened in 2012 and the trial commences in July and will go for a week and a half. I will be cross examined for 1 - 2 days.

Knowing how difficult it was for me to make it through the committal hearing and to recover afterwards, I have scheduled a month off work. This will allow me time to get through the trial itself and to take care of myself afterwards.

Emergency money that I had set aside was recently eaten up by having to move house in circumstances that were out of my hands. I decided to work very hard after moving house to get the money together. Unfortunately I have been struggling emotionally as the trial approaches (particularly since my rapist’s legal team applied to subpoena my therapist’s notes about me), making it too hard to work as much as I need to.

I do not want to get a loan if I can help it, as this whole process as well as the rape itself has already had a big impact on my life financially - not to mention the cost to my physical and emotional health. I also applied for interim financial assistance from the Victim’s of Crime Tribunal. They denied my application for very whorephobic reasons. By their logic, because I continue to do sex work they do not believe that the assault must have had much of an impact on my life, if at all. If I was sexually assaulted at an office job, no one would question it’s impact on my life if I decided to keep that job afterwards!

I’m usually not very good at asking for help and take great pride in being as self-sufficient, resourceful and independent as possible. But given the trying circumstances, I am calling on all the help that I need right now.

It will take a massive weight off my mind in the lead up to the trial if I know that my expenses will be covered during that period. At this stage I have enough money to cover my rent during that month off. But not for groceries, bills, petrol, medication and those basic day-to-day expenses. My weekly medical bills are high due to complex mental and physical health issues (I suffer from depression and fibromyalgia) - so it’s really important that I can continue to see my psychologist and physiotherapist regularly during this time, as well as my psychiatrist.

To take a month off I will need $3300 to cover these expenses. Any contribution you can make will mean the world to me, and help me in my fight to force someone with a history of violence against sex workers to be accountable for his actions.

If I happen to be lucky enough to exceed my target for this fundraising campaign, all additional donations will go to Melbourne’s Centre Against Sexual Assault - who have been an incredibly supportive organisation to me since the day I decided to report the assault.


Please click here to donate via GoFundMe

SUPPORT AN AMAZING WOMAN. DONATE ANYTHING YOU CAN IF YOU CAN AND SHARE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE! 

Moranbah motel wins appeal against a discrimination ruling for sex worker who was told she could not work on the site

lifeonthisside:

someoldhaunts:

I still cannot believe the government amended legislation to legalise something the court of appeal had deemed to be a discriminatory act.

Plenty of people work from hotel/motel rooms. To give establishments the power to kick someone out based soley on their work isn’t right.

Until I see people being escorted out with their laptops because they shouldn’t be working on their work trips, this is all just a big ideologically-driven joke.

Well this is fucked.

Rage. The world fucks up again. And again.

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