SWEAT South Africa: Say Her Name Campaign

SAY HER NAME: To Commemorate Women Who Have Been Taken From Us By Violence. http://sweat.org.za/say-her-name/

Sarah “She was a sex worker and mother. She was so sweet a person you will never ever hear her fight with her colleagues. She loved her child, a boy, and her house. She was always joking with us and because she was older than us, she did not like us to be unprofessional. She was pregnant and sick and did a back street abortion. It did not go well and because she was HIV positive she never recovered and died. The lack of information made my friend loose her life.” – by Dudu (SWEAT)

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Female homicide rate in U.S. dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform

The September 2017 study, authored by West Virginia University and Baylor University economics and information systems experts, analyzes rates of female homicides in various cities before and after Craigslist opened an erotic services section on its website. The authors found a shocking 17 percent decrease in homicides with female victims after Craigslist erotic services were introduced.

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17 Facts About Violence Against Sex Workers

Judges, police and juries often hold bias against sex workers. In Philadelphia, Judge Teresa Carr-Deni called gang-rape of a sex worker at gunpoint “theft of services” and refused to allow prosecution to press aggravated sexual assault charges. In South Africa, police routinely refuse to even pursue rape cases involving sex workers or laugh at victims when victims come forward. Photo of Philadelphia City Hall M. Dante

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From Africa to America: End Demand Is Not Ending Violence or Murder

Let’s consider the first recommendation from the commission – full criminalisation of sex work. We have had this apartheid-era model in South Africa for a long time now. What have the results been? High levels of violence. In the United States, where this practice is criminalised, female sex workers are almost 18 times more likely to be murdered than other women, a 2004 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found.

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We Remember: Donna Marie Gentile 

Philadelphia runaway Donna Marie Gentile became known for her NHI – No Human Involved – status as a prostitution cold case murder in San Diego. Her family is here in Philadelphia and asks us all to keep her memory alive. Absolutely we will.

We mourn the loss of life and human potential while celebrating her courageous effort to hold public servants accountable when serving the public. Our police officers are not supposed to rape and kill citizens, including citizens who are prostitutes or sex workers. 

Memorial Opening Read By Anita Defrancesco:  On behalf of this day Dec 17 Violence Against Sex Workers I want to shed light on the many women in this country and the world that go without a voice. Without a voice to be heard, without a voice to see, without a voice to cry, without a voice to be understood, without a voice to be accepted,  and without a voice in the grave. I speak today on behalf of a dear first cousin of mine ( Donna Marie Gentile) a native Philadelphian, a young prostitute who was the first in the NHI project of women who went missing and was murdered in San Diego back in the 1980’s. Donna was murdered because she wanted to stand up and have her voice heard in a courtroom to prove her innocence. But Donna never got that chance to finish her prosecution against the San Diego police who troubled her life.  Donna was a courageous and strong girl who believed in life and she wanted her voice heard in many ways. Donna was faced with challenges from early on in her family life which led her to run to the streets because her voice wasn’t heard at home.  I today am a voice for Donna my cousin and all women who alive or dead want to be heard.  So for a moment, I want you to hear me loud and clear and honor the voice of an empowered woman channeling for all of those women who went unheard. 

The family’s memory site: http://donnamariegentile.com/ The site is a dedication from the family: Brother Louis Gentile and Cousin Anita DeFrancesco. Link To Email Contact.



Detroit 2011: Lessons In Unnecessary Death by Murder

M. Dante pondering in Philly: What can we do to change the way prostitutes, people exploring gender identity and police interact?  There has to be a better way to address differences in lifestyle choices to prevent violent  situations from continuing on this level. Minor amounts of marijuana should not lead to murder, and prostitutes should…

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Dear Diana Hemingway

Originally posted on SaneSurvivor:
Dear Diana, When I received the news of your passing yesterday morning, I was sad.  Selfishly, I was sad for me.  You not being here means I will not be able to enjoy your deep wisdom and your sarcastic wit.  I will miss your honest assessments of ideas I “ran past…

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We Remember: Anonymous Teenage Philadelphia “Hooker”

“Crying Liberty” copyright: Deborah Gross- Zuchman http://www.deborahzuchman.com

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December 17th Is About Those Lost To Murder or Suicide 

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2016 Lives Lost Around the World

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