December 16, 2013
Red Umbrella Day: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
The day recognizes that sex workers, particularly survival sex workers and street-involved sex workers, are incredibly likely to experience discrimination, assault, battery, including murder.
As well the day recognizes that many state laws make it difficult or challenging for sex workers to report violence or access other prevention services that center the voices and needs of sex workers. Frequently sex workers experience the harsh impacts of marginalization on intersecting fronts of sex worker, gender, class and race.
I would like to mark this day and name the violence that sex workers face and experience. This is true too in Canada. Remembering and acknowledging this violence, which is frequently pushed to edges of acknowledgment and minds is vital.