Sex Workers Left Out of #MeToo Movement

Article review written by Choya Adkison-Stevens, OCADSV Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

In this piece, the author describes ways that #metoo has left sex workers -- some of the people most likely to experience workplace sexual violence -- behind.

‘They don’t want to include women like me.’ Sex Workers Left Out of #MeToo Movement -- by Samantha Cooney

Common misconceptions about sex work abound. Cooney explains that “consensual sex work is not to be confused with sex trafficking, when people are forced into sex work by violence, threats or other forms of coercion… People do sex work for a variety of reasons. Some feel that the work is genuinely empowering. Others get into the industry for financial reasons.” While some people mask anti-sex work beliefs behind the notion of concern over exploitation, Dr Eric Sprankle wrote, “if you think sex workers “sell their bodies” but coal miners do not, your view of labor is clouded by your moralistic view of sexuality.” Moreover, few people can truly say exploitation is entirely absent from our participation in and experiences of the workforce.

When Self-Care becomes Collective Care

By Trisha Elizarde-Miller, OCADSV Executive Administrative Assistant
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When was the last time you took a day off from work to focus on your own healing and restoration? In our movement to end domestic and sexual violence, particularly during a socio-political climate where tensions are constant, often times our response to those tensions is to act. There is a sense where ‘taking a break’ or ‘taking time off’ might feel impossible and that there is so much responsibility that is carried.

There is a principle called ahimsa which is one of the yamas of the eight limbs of yoga. It is a practice of nonviolence toward self and towards others. This yoga teaching emphasizes that in order to prevent and address violence in our world, you must address that within yourself. It is easy to participate in harmful internal dialogue that you have to keep pushing forward in this work even if it is at the expense of your health.

New type of protective order: Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs)

By Choya Adkison-Stevens, OCADSV Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

Last year the Oregon legislature approved a new type of protection order, ERPO, Extreme Risk Protection Order. According to a memo from Everytown, “Extreme risk protection orders -- also called gun violence restraining orders -- enable courts to temporarily prohibit a person from having guns if law enforcement or immediate family members show that he poses a significant danger to himself or others. ERPO laws have been shown to reduce suicide rates by providing an opportunity to intervene and prevent a person from accessing firearms during a time of crisis, before dangerous warning signs escalate into firearm suicide.”

Where to start? Helpful resources focused on enhancing sexual assault services in dual/multi-service organizations

Within the last 15 years, the Resource Sharing Project, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sibling coalitions, and others have developed valuable resources for the SA/DV field focused on how we can ensure SA services are internally and externally strong within dual/multi-service organizations. These resources provide guidance on prevention, intervention, and systems change programming specific to SA services.

Within this first piece of the series, the goal is to provide an overview of several strong resources currently available regarding enhancing SA services in dual/multi-service organizations. Whether your program is in its initial phase of developing SA services or if you have been providing strong services for years, this article will provide information that can support your SA work.

Addressing Intersections of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Violence and HIV/AIDS

By Choya Adkison-Stevens, OCADSV Equity & Inclusion Coordinator

Note: this piece is the first in a series supporting advocates to work with survivors around sex, sexuality and sexual health. Future columns may discuss such topics as sexual trauma, sex work, reproductive coercion, kink, non-monogamy, and others. If you have question, ideas, or experiences you want to share, please contact Choya Adkison-Stevens; thank you!

“At double the national rate, 55% of HIV-positive women have been found to experience DV.”

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