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

Join the Denver chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project to remember sex workers who have been survivors and victims of violence. We ask that you join us in solidarity to fight the criminalization, oppression, assault, rape, and murder of sex workers and people perceived as sex workers.

When:  Saturday, December 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Where:  Please contact SWOP Denver for location and directions
phone: 720-262-7401 email (preferred):
Who:  Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, families, and communities. This event is free and open to the public.

On the 8th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers we remember those we have lost to violence, oppression, and hatred. Whether perpetrated by clients, opportunistic serial killers, partners, pimps or traffickers, the police, or the state, we must stand against the cycle of violence experienced by sex workers around the world.

This day was founded to memorialize and honor the sex workers who were murdered by Oregon serial killer Gary Ridgeway who said, “I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away and might never be reported missing. I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” (

Evening schedule

Introduction to the service by our M.C.
Vigil/reading of the names of sex workers who we have lost this past year
Speak out: Bring poetry, writings, or just speak your truth.
The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Rights and it is increasingly being used on December 17. First adopted by Venetian sex workers for an anti-violence march in 2002, red umbrellas have come to symbolize resistance against discrimination for sex workers worldwide.

We must come together to show the world that the lives of marginalized peoples, including sex workers, are valuable.


3 responses to “December 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

  1. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know
    what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    • Hi there, you commented on our event invitation for 2011, but I am not sure if this is the memorial that you are referring to or if it was another of our events. Every December 17th memorial we have held has included a speech/MC-ing by one or more people, a speakout, and yes, we have shown some (in my opinion, very valuable) videos in the course of the events. These events always require planning and preparation by our all-volunteer group/organization, including preparation by the MC. Four different people have MC’d these events and each have contributed different things – though yes I’d consider all four to be intelligent of course. In response to your request, we do make periodic efforts with the website, though we have chosen as a group to focus on a single project for the year, a local effort concerning service providers. Thanks for commenting.

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