Unacceptable Exclusion: Email DOJ 27 March 2022
(It transpires that there was never any intention to exclude after all. I retain the page as historic record only)
Alison Gilliland (Lord Mayor of Dublin) engaging with Dr Monica O’Connor and Ruth Breslin of SERP UCD on 9 March 2022 at the International Association of Women in Policing Conference organised by An Garda Síochána. The audio clip is available here I also retain a copy. If anything appears inaccurate please let me know?
Ruhama: Submission to the Review of Part IV on 2017 Sexual Offences Act September 2020
Ruhama: “We don’t buy it” Red C phone survey report October 2019
Until you can answer this question to a standard of evidence that would be deemed acceptable in a court of law I do not believe you have any right to promote the criminalisation of the purchase of sexual access and services.
Choose one harm asserted in connection with the sale of sexual access or services, and prove beyond reasonable doubt, using hard evidence and verifiable testimony, that client criminalisation does not present a significant risk of making it worse. Can you do it?
Letter to Rape Crisis Network Ireland 28 October 2021 – possibly the most quietly terrifying evidence of disregard for the most basic human rights of sex workers in Ireland I have ever found.
SWAI: Requesting Rights and Challenging Exclusion (index): (aka “Both sides now”)
Reviewing Paul Harrison, author of “Hanged if you do” …and hanged if you don’t…
What can I tell you my sister, my killer… December 2018
#12daysof rage – The Lie that is Ruhama First Published 9 November 2015
Analysis of Turn Off the Red Light Late 2013
Sex Work and the Sinn Fein Story Early 2013
Challenging Exclusionary Radical Feminism (and Satellites) If you disagree – make your case, I am listening.
Sex Work Advocacy evolving since 2000:
- Me, Holding Forth on Alt Net 2000 (you have to *star* the posts to expand them, a lot changed since I started listening to other sex workers, but the need for full decriminalisation remained the same, because it offers the best potential options to the largest number of sex workers, wherever they are at inside themselves or in life.).
- Response to Discussion Document on Future Direction of Prostitution Legislation Ireland 2012
- Questionnaire ‘Leaving Prostitution: a strategy for help and support’ 2015
- Submission to UK Consultation February 2016
- Universal Credit and Survival Sex: UK Work and Pensions Committee 29 April 2019
- Submission Women and Equalities Commission UK August 2019
- Submission to Review of Section 4, Sexual Offences Act 2017 September 2020
- Equally Safe – challenging men’s demand for prostitution: consultation November 2020
Death by Due Process – for Caroline Flack
This is who I am:
- I am Beautiful, I am Powerful, I am Bethany
- My Memoir of Sex Work in Dublin Between 1987 and 1993 (Revised 2018)
When I was young I was in the care system in the Uk where the abuses were not as blatant as in Ireland. Even so I saw too many young girls completely crushed by the system set up to protect them and then later crushed again on the backswing that offered them “help” and “support” to recover.
Because of my disability it is my fate to live out my whole life on the outside, looking in, with ruthless objectivity, because of my intellect, it is sometimes my curse to understand what is happening long before anyone else, and because of my conscience it becomes my duty to act on that insight. I am always profoundly aware of this.
Fear prevented me from acting to try and expose what I had seen in the care system in the hope of protecting others and that has always been a deep shame too. It is only now, 45 years on, that some of the things I saw are coming to light, but more of them are being buried forever behind sensationalist scandals and, I suspect, perpetuated in the system in an ongoing way.
Between 1987 and 1993 as a street sex worker, and 1993 and 1998 as an independent activist (publicly under the name “Angela”) I saw remarkably similar patterns within the system replicated not only in the treatment of sex workers in general, but also, in more diverse ways in their individual lives and ironically, the factors that had driven many of them into a corner where their only remaining honest option was to sell sex.
- “Girls on the Street the Need For a Welcome” Jim Finucane 1980
- Interdisciplinary Report on Prostitution in Ireland, Dublin, Irish Human Rights Commission, April, 2009 – now ignored by some of it’s authors.
By 1998 I still had not found any help and support for my own situation which was, and remains, in most ways, dire, and I was exhausted. I felt I had achieved all that I could and that the resistance to independent self advocacy was impenetrable throughout state provision and civil society.
Over the next few years I was horrified to see remarkably similar patterns replicated in the treatment of autistics and other disabled people. I am coming to believe that, as a society we are incapable of seeing anyone disabled or disadvantaged as an equal deserving autonomy and equal rights on a very deep level and that, as a result we infantilise and commodify them throughout civil society as a default. Which is a neat objective description of a reality that excludes real human beings from the rights and privileges most people can take for granted and slowly destroys their potential from the inside out.