A Matter of Public Interest

Simplifying the Disaster of the Nordic “Equality” Model

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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)

Victims of the Same Fiction

Civil Society Oligarchs, or Cottage Power Games?

Final Note 16 December 2021 

SERP UCD transcript

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

THE CHALLENGE

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?

List of those challenged, with responses where offered

Other Challenges

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.

Deja Vu or “The *Working It* Report”

SWAI: Requesting Rights and Challenging Exclusion (index): (aka “Both sides now”)

Email to Mary Crilly 18 October 2021

Letter to the Board of SWAI 6 October 2021

NWCI: Requesting Rights and Challenging Exclusion (index):

Submission – IHREC Strategy Statement 2022-24 Consultation

Reviewing Paul Harrison, author of “Hanged if you do…and hanged if you don’t…

Email sent to Orla O’Connor NWCI 3 July 2021

Email Reply to Orla O’Connor NWCI 22 July 2021

Email to Orla O’Connor NWCI 30 August 2021

Email sent to Martin Kenny TD 1 July 2021

Email to Ruth Breslin 7 Jan 2021, Subject: Shifting the Burden of Criminality

History

What can I tell you my sister, my killer… December 2018

#12daysof rage – The Lie that is Ruhama First Published 9 November 2015

2015 – SWAI: The Ultimate Conflict of Interest

Analysis of Turn Off the Red Light Late 2013

Sex Work and the Sinn Fein Story Early 2013

Ruhama, Rescue and Other Rubbish 2012

Once Upon a Time When I Was Innocent 2008 or 2009

Dolores Lynch – Sex Worker and Activist 1950 – 1983

#Beyondexploitation

Challenging Exclusionary Radical Feminism (and Satellites) If you disagree – make your case, I am listening.

Haunted: Idlib March 2021

Real PTSD

Sex Work Advocacy evolving since 2000:

Formal Complaint: Equally Safe – challenging men’s demand for prostitution: consultation, Scotland

Death by Due Process – for Caroline Flack

Election 2020: Ruhama and the 2017 Sexual Offences Act

Election 2020: Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Campaign

Queries: Sexual Offences Act 2017 Part IV – Interim Review

Proud Butterfly 1989

Sinead Kelly: In another world next door 21 June 1998

Survival Sex Work: The Real Issue(En español)

This is who I am:

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.

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.


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