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SWOP Denver Holds Vigil in Remembrance for International Day to End Violence, December 17th, 2015

List of memorialized names.  Warning:  contains details of deaths as well as names and in some cases images of the deceased.

December 17 names 2015

 

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KGNU covers Denver event

 

2015 Events.

 

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(Above includes 8 linked videos from APNSW)

 

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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): swopdenver@gmail.com
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.” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3245301.stm)

 
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.