(Gabrielle Fonrouge | New York Post) – A coalition of sexual violence survivors, including prominent groups like Me Too and Time’s Up, want to legalize prostitution, sex buying and pimping — drawing ire from fellow survivors who say the trade is inherently harmful and antithetical to women’s rights. …
The coalition of 21 organizations joined together and formed the group Survivors’ Agenda, which released a report at the end of September announcing the official, “collective” perspectives of sexual violence survivors.
The document is meant to “drive and inform policy change” using the voices of those who’ve suffered sexual violence and was created using surveys and conversations with a variety of stakeholders.
“Decriminalization of the commercial exchange of sexual services that is adult, voluntary, and consensual, to protect sex workers from abuse and exploitation and lessen their vulnerability to violence by being forced to work in secret, unsafe locations,” the agenda reads under the subhead “policies that move us forward.”
“This does not refer to any actions involving children, sex trafficking, or trafficking of humans for any reason, which are undeniably human rights violations.” …
Survivors’ Agenda counts Tarana Burke, who created the Me Too movement, as one of their principals and Dani Ayers, Me Too’s current CEO, as a member of the core team and one of the agenda’s co-creators. Other members include the National Women’s Law Center, YWCA and the Center for American Progress. Aside from legalizing prostitution, the agenda outlines support for a host of other issues, including more funding for sexual violence survivors, an expansion of the family and medical leave act and universal health care.
Decriminalization has become a central issue in the fight for racial justice and women’s rights and states like Vermont and New York have bills on the table that would legalize prostitution so people wouldn’t be arrested for doing what advocates call a job like any other. Supporters say legalizing prostitution would reduce sex trafficking and keep vulnerable people safer.