December 17th ~ International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is held on December 17th of each year and is for us to memorialize and hold vigil for the many Sex Workers that have been murdered throughout the year.

It was first recognized in 2003 and held on the day that the killer,Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer,was found guilty and given multiple life sentences, for murdering over 50 prostitutes in the Seattle, WA area.

Since 2003, December 17th, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and to remember victims of violence.

Sex Workers Outreach Project of San Antonio joins with its sister chapters and Sex Workers, allies and advocates from around the world, in solidarity, to remember those we have lost during the year and and also to renew our commitment to the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all Sex Workers.

On December 17th, We also renew our commitment to solidarity.

The majority of violence against Sex Workers is not just violence against Sex Workers, it’s also violence against TransWomen, against women of color, against drug users, against immigrants.

We cannot end the marginalization and victimization of all Sex Workers without also fighting trans-phobia, racism, stigma and criminalization of drug use, and xenophobia.

During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against Sex Workers.

The assault, battery, rape and murder of Sex Workers must end.

Racism, economic inequality, systems of colonialist and state violence and oppression must end.

The stigma and discrimination and criminalization that makes violence against us acceptable must end.

Please join with Sex Workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against our communities.

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