Media Releases

Vixen Collective Media Releases:

Media Release: ‘Sex Workers Alarmed by Government Funding Decision’, 20th December 2016
Excerpt from Media Release
“Vixen Collective (Victoria’s peer only sex worker organisation) and Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Workers Association) are deeply concerned at the Andrew’s Labor Government’s misguided decision to grant $300,000 of funding to the organisation ‘Project Respect’ to work with “sex workers and victims of trafficking”.  
This ill informed decision to fund a service that will be largely inaccessible to most sex workers is squandering the precious few resources that exist to address violence against sex workers. Of greater concern is the impact this will have in furthering stigma and discrimination against sex workers.
 
There is a continuing history of sex worker protests against Project Respect in Australia, specifically because of its treatment of sex workers, its policies, and support of the ‘Swedish’ or ‘Nordic’ Model. Project Respect is an organisation that has repeatedly called for policies and law that are recognised as key drivers of violence towards sex workers.

Project Respect actively lobbies for the ‘Swedish Model’ of sex work criminalisation – a regulatory model that specifically discriminates against and endangers both sex workers and victims of human trafficking…”

Project Respect Government Funding_Media Release_20th December 2016_Vixen Collective and Scarlet Alliance

 

Media Release: ‘Sexual offenders who target sex workers no longer able to be given reduced sentences for their crimes under updated Victorian Sentencing Manual’, 19th October 2016
Excerpt from Media Release
“Vixen Collective has repeatedly raised concerns about the Victorian Sentencing Manual which is written and maintained by the Judicial College of Victoria who provides education for judges, magistrates and VCAT members; as the manual had relied on cases AG v Harris 11/8/1981 CCA Vic and Hakopian 11/12/1991 CCA Vic in a topic titled “Victim is a Prostitute”. Previously this topic stated:

“..the prostitute’s experience may tend to reduce the weight commonly given in rape cases to the ‘reaction of revulsion’ of the ‘chaste woman’..”  (AG v Harris 11/8/1981, quoted in “Victim is a Prostitute”)

..We are therefore extremely pleased to announce that after liaising with St Kilda Legal Service who conducted research on the issue and made submissions to the Judicial College about amending these topics, the Victorian Sentencing Manual has now been updated to acknowledge:

“..that the mere fact a victim of a sexual offence was a sex worker will, of itself, have no effect on sentence. Rather, what is relevant are the consequences of the offence for a particular victim.” (quoted from “Victim is a Sex Worker – 31.6.2.12”)

Rape Sentencing Guidelines_Media Release_19th Oct 2016_Vixen Collective

 

Media Release: ‘New ‘Sex Work Regulations 2016’ Fail Sex Workers on Health and Safety Grounds’, 2nd June 2016
Excerpt from Media Release
“The Andrews Labour Government is falling behind in sex work policy by failing to recognise full decriminalisation of sex work as the best practice model for sex worker’s human rights, labour rights, health and safety!
Amnesty International in the release of their policy ‘On State Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers’ last week noted:

“.. governments should ensure the meaningful participation and consultation of sex workers, including, in particular current sex workers ..”

The Andrews Labour Government is failing to listen to sex workers!”

Sex Work Regulations Victoria_Media Release_2nd June 2016_Vixen Collective

 

Media Release: ‘Sex workers stand in solidarity in calling for full decriminalisation of sex work’, 15th September 2015
Excerpt from Media Release
“Vixen Collective, Victoria’s peer only sex worker organisation, calls for the full decriminalisation of sex work in Victoria as a vital and urgent step that government must take for the health and safety of Victorian sex workers!
.. We recognise full decriminalisation of sex work is the only acceptable model of regulation for sex workers’ human rights, labour rights, health and safety”
NOTE: This Media Release includes endorsement of the full decriminalisation of sex work by twenty-one different organisations in Australia.

Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Victoria_Media_Release_15th September 2015_Vixen Collective

 

Media Release: ‘Festival of Sex Work’, 3rd August 2015
Excerpt from Media Release
“Vixen Collective, Victoria’s peer only sex worker organisation, is for the third time running the Festival of Sex Work, from Friday August 7th until Sunday August 9th 2015.
The Festival is a celebration of the lives, skills, culture and community of sex workers…”

Festival of Sex Work (FOSW_ 2015_Media Release_7th August 2015_Vixen Collective