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Sex Work 101: Understanding the Stigma

Vanessa Carlisle

by Vanessa Carlisle

Friday, May 19th, 2017

1:15pm – 2:30pm

FREE CEU LECTURE!
1 CEU available

Professionals in mental health, medicine, social work, and other client service positions often have contact with sex workers or clients of sex workers. Without an adequate understanding of how criminalization and stigma affect people working in the sex industries, professional helpers can do more harm than good. This workshop is designed to bridge the gap and open a dialogue that allows professionals to asses their own beliefs about sex work and proceed with more nuanced, applicable information about the sex industries, anti-trafficking campaigns, the global push for sex workers’ rights, and ways to work against stigma to provide better care to their clients.

Vanessa Carlisle is a queer femme author, activist, speaker, radio host and performer. She is a sex workers’ rights advocate with SWOP-LA, and has been working in the sex industries for eighteen years. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing, Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. She co-teaches the Sensuality Wellness Workshop and other workshops focused on trauma recovery, sexual health, sexual communication, and self care for social justice warriors.

This lecture took place at Center for Healthy Sex

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