10 things to do on today’s International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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Today the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Here are 10 things you can do to participate in this important commemoration. 

The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was started by “the prostitute/porn star turned artist/sexologist” Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA to commemorate the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington. Now, the day is observed in cities around the world  as way to “come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.” As the site explains, “We seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.”

Annie Sprinkle has a list of 10 ways you can participate in day.

  1. Organize a vigil/memorial/gathering in your town. Simply choose a place and time. Invite people to bring their stories, writings, thoughts, related news items, poems, lists of victims, performances, and memories. Take turns sharing.
  2. Organize or attend a candlelight vigil in a public place.
  3. Do something at home alone which has personal meaning, such as a memorial bath, or light a candle.
  4. Call a friend and discuss the topic.

Read the rest of the list here.

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