Jane Doe is an author, techer and feminist activist.
Among other things, we am a lady in a polite box Jane Doe v a Toronto Police Force. In 1998, after an 11-year justice battle, we successfully sued them for loosening and gender taste in their review of my rape, and of passionate attack generally.
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The position we effectively argued was that underneath a Canadian Charter, women have a right to live giveaway from violence, or a hazard of attack in their lives. A right that relates to all women, including sex workers.
When Bedford v Canada entered a authorised complement we convened a Feminist Coalition to safeguard that all feminist voices were partial of a authorised and amicable discourse on sex work. Our membership is inhabitant and consists of 23 passionate assault/rape predicament centres, women’s shelters and other anti-violence organizations. Our confirmation and leave to meddle in Bedford during a Supreme Court are open papers that enclose a full list of a membership.
It is a opinion, as reflected in those documents, that former and due harlotry legislation does not work in women’s equivalence interests and promotes –even causes – attack opposite sex workers. We are endangered that Bill C-36 does not simulate a policies and opinions of a infancy of front line anti-violence agencies. Instead, Justice Minister Peter MacKay relies usually on opinions of a powerful organisation members of a abolitionist Women’s Coalition, that purports to paint all of us.
Bill C-36 supports a forged judgment that harlotry causes passionate attack and other attack opposite women. Sexual Assault is about energy and prevalence and is not caused by sex work. Certainly cave was not. Nor is there any competent thought, investigate or lived knowledge to contend otherwise. Most grievously, a check ignores a systemic inlet of attack opposite all women. Feminist battles opposite systemic taste resulted in a right to equal wages, satisfactory work practices, and insurance from gendered attack opposite all women. Except, according to a bill, for women who are sex workers.
We reason that suitability with a check will outcome in an boost of sex workers seeking support from a centres and shelters and in sold for aboriginal, racialized, trans and street-based sex workers who are many impacted by violence. Forcing women to work in removed areas where they can't shade clients, prohibiting indoor workers to publicize or work with security, inducing clients to conflict enchanting in a really forms of communication that a Supreme Court ruled as vicious to sex workers safety, will spin a legislation itself into a form of gender violence.
In contrast, we trust that Bill C-36 will outcome in a diminution of a series of women who news passionate attack to a police. It is supposed that a immeasurable infancy of women do not news citing fear of a military review and a justice process. Where is a proof in a check that is certain to serve overpower sex workers in that regard?
The due legislation denies women’s right to corporeal autonomy, a core concept, enshrined in law, of any feminist or anti-violence strategy, and many apparent in Canada’s termination legislation. It infantilizes grown women who are sex workers, and locates them as shop-worn victims, in need of rescue only, contra adults means of sportive choice (good or bad) and an ability to act in their possess best interests. Bill C36 conflates women and children, trafficking and prostitution, when it is transparent that they are apart and graphic populations. Combining them formula in unsound use for all and willfully ignores stream clever and internationally praised Canadian legislation per children and trafficked persons.
Feminists determine that Aboriginal, racialized, trans and street-based sex workers in sold will rivet in harlotry since of stipulations on their options. If we are critical however, what good does it do to support legislation that ignores viable options? Who advantages from legislation reduction appropriation to residence poverty, injustice and colonialism; legislation that does not residence housing, healthcare, concept daycare and other rights for a many marginalized of women? We can all also determine that exit programs are not able, designed, or financed to residence any of those systemic issues. Nor does Bill C-36 yield for accountable training of military officers and other authorised players charged to defend it.
Because of a harms fundamental in a Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, also contained in before legislation, a Feminist Coalition supports a full decriminalization of harlotry as an choice to that bill. We have endorsed to a courts and a Justice Committee that sex workers, active in a trade, and their allies give instruction and reason a executive position in last a inlet and law of decriminalization – generally per women’s equivalence – and in confluence with determined constitutional, tellurian and work rights.
Let’s wish we don’t have to wait another 11 years to attest a Supreme Courts preference in Bedford. Years in that women who are sex workers are certain to knowledge increasing attack as a outcome of bad law.
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