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History of December 17

December 17th is International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe.

Originally conceived of by Annie Sprinkle (prostitute/porn star turned sexologist) and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.

During the week of December 17, 2007, sex worker rights organizations will be staging actions and vigils to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Existing laws prevent sex workers from reporting violence. The stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by the prohibitionist laws has made violence against us acceptable.

Please join in drawing attention to this around the world with the 5th annual International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers.

In October, a female judge in Philadelphia Judge Deni ruled that the gang rape at gun point of a Craigslist escort was not rape but "theft of services." All men were released, and ended up assaulting another woman who was not a sex worker. Judge Deni was reelected to serve another term as judge for Philadelphia shortly after this trial.

Closer to home, an Orange County cop who had been known to be stalking exotic dancers working at a certain club was brought forth with sexual assault charges that had a forensic semen sample as evidence and still the now ex OC cop was not guilty of forcing Lucy to perform a hand job because, as the prosecutor said to the jury "she got what she wanted that night." If any of this strikes a chord with you, because IT COULD BE YOU or someone you love, then come to our gathering to honor the violated, abused and murdered sisters and brothers in the industry.

(Taken from SWOP USA website)