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COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) will host Rhode Island's first annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in Providence on Thursday, December 17th from 6-8 pm at the Sarah Doyle Center. (26 Benevolent Street Providence, RI 02912 Phone 401-863-2189)
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (IDEVASW) was founded after Gary Ridgeway, the Green River Killer, was caught and confessed to the murder of over 90 prostitutes. Ridgeway said that because of the social position of prostitutes, he believed he could kill as many as he wanted without getting caught and without anyone caring. Sadly, many Seattle sex workers knew exactly who Gary Ridgeway was for years but were afraid of coming forward and being arrested, or when they did come forward the police didn't seem to care.
"When I arrived in Rhode Island prior to criminalization, I knew that I could dial 911 and report violence and nobody had the ability to threaten, abuse, or coerce me," said Bella Robinson. "I felt safe and free for the first time in my life. Then Rhode Island recriminalized prostitution in November of 2009 and then less than four hours away over a dozen bodies of murdered escorts were found on Gilgo Beach. Sex workers need access to equal protection under the law so we can dial 911 and report violence."
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IDEVASW Website: http://www.december17.org