It’s On Us PA is a statewide campaign that invites everyone to play a role in ending sexual assault. Building off the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement, It’s On Us PA brings together college and university presidents, superintendents, administrators, teachers, students, families, and community members to reframe the conversation around sexual violence and pledge to be part of the solution.
Torturing Sex Workers, with Melanie Dante: Ken’s guest is Melanie Dante, a self-identified active consensual adult sex worker, discussing various issues surrounding the sex trades, badly needed decriminalization, and holes in the law that create “viminals”, i.e., making criminals out of victims of sexual abuse.
175th District State Representative Mike O’Brien on #EqualPayPA
Former Senior Deputy Attorney General Pearl Kim is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Pat Meehan in the 7th Congressional district on the Republican ticket. “I am interested in effectuating change in Washington, and I was able to that on the Pennsylvania level and hope to do the same thing on the federal level,” Kim said. As a prosecutor, Kim sees an important role in the #MeToo movement in society. Written by Paul Engelkemier, Managing Editor Politics PA
History has certainly shown that women are capable of achieving great things. But, it’s much harder to do when stymied by an establishment that ignores or perpetuates the discrimination and stereotyping that still occurs every day.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy, Equality Federation, and Heat: Health Education Alternatives for Teens, invite you to join us for a day organizing to develop an advocacy strategy for policy change on comprehensive sexual health care for LGBTQ youth in state custody.
Thursday 9/28 7-9 A community town hall with Larry Krasner at the new Crossroads Center in Germantown. RSVP All are welcome RSVP
The Consensus Statement on "HIV Treatment As Prevention" In Criminal Law Reform
Saturday August 5, 10am-5pm Rummage Sale to benefit the new Crossroads Women's Center 5011 Wayne Ave., Phila 19144 (between Manheim and Seymour in Germantown) firstname.lastname@example.org
ESPU-PHILLY Endorses the Consensus Statement on HIV "Treatment as Prevention" in Criminal Law Reform. This is because the two biggest problems with almost all HIV criminal laws and prosecutions are that 1) they focus on HIV disclosure rather than on whether the PLHIV had an intent to do harm; and 2) HIV laws’ felony punishment and severe sentences treat any risk of HIV infection as the equivalent of murder or manslaughter. An April 2017 Pub Med article confirms: - diagnosis rates and laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States found no association between HIV or AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time, suggesting that these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect.
Did you know prostitution convictions cannot be expunged in Pennsylvania? At a time when most all other non-violent crimes are being erased from public record, prostitutes are forced into LEAD, Rescue Diversion, must accept a permanent sex crime conviction on their record. SBB connects with PHILLY CAM!
Krasner for DA Endorsement Issued by Global Women's Strike and Women of Color GWS, with Payday men's network, Erotic Services Providers Union (ESPU), and mothers of prisoners & human rights campaigners.
Krasner on Sex Work: Enforcement against sex workers has only exposed them to murder, assault including sexual assault, victimization and disease.
Democracy for America chair Jim Dean told PW that the organization’s local affiliated group Philly for Change has “a strong track record of electing progressive candidates who are committed to battling income inequality and structural racism.” We’ll be mobilizing that grassroots support to elect Larry Krasner as Philadelphia’s next District Attorney.” Mums still the word on rumors that billionaire George Soros and his political war chest will come to Krasner’s aid in time for the May 16 primary.
Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far into this year full-time working women must head into work – in addition to last year – in order to earn what their male counterparts earned last year. Here are the real and sad statistics surrounding the persistent wage gap that plagues working women across the nation. Pa Representative Mike O'Brian writing on U.S. gender based wage discrepancies.
On-duty Pennsylvania cop covered up meeting prostitute. Charges are misdemeanors and he will be summoned to court, rather than arrested. The prostitution count for the female sex worker is punishable by up to a year in prison.
Pa police chief faces misdemeanor charges for patronizing prostitutes, tampering with and fabricating evidence, obstruction of administration of the law or other governmental functions and official oppression. The prostitution count for the female sex worker is punishable by up to a year in prison; the other charges each carry up to two years in prison. WTF?! Seriously?
There is no such thing as a child prostitute. The criminal justice system and legislature have failed to recognize the sexual exploitation that is right in front of us. Our justice system arrests, prosecutes, and punishes minors who are the victims of sexually violent predators.
“The biggest issue is [sex workers] not knowing where they can go and talk openly and honestly.” Margaret Huang, AI
Pennsylvania is poor though full of potential.
Controversial treatment often used on minors attempts to "repair" gay, lesbian and transgender minors through talk or electroshock therapies.
According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), at least 914 individuals, mainly women, were imprisoned state-wide for repeat prostitution charges from 2010 through 2015. The astronomical financial cost to imprison women with prostitution convictions presents a compelling reason to abolish recidivist provisions for prostitution.
Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City with 1.3 million dollar task force grant. Intensifying efforts to combat human trafficking, authorities Wednesday announced a new task force - funded by a $1.3 million federal grant - to sharpen the focus on "a wretched crime" that makes sex slaves of vulnerable adults and children. "It's a global … Continue reading Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City
Harrisburg to consider a ‘user fee’ for strip clubs and adult entertainment in PA The bill, from a suburban Philly Republican and a Berks County Democrat, is modeled on Texas law. Cassie Owens, Reporter/Curator BILLY PENN January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am A pair of Harrisburg lawmakers have a plan to levy a $5 entrance … Continue reading SKIN TAX: Pa Dancer Door Fee To Pay For Domestic Violence & Rape Shelters?
U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional A federal judge today, siding with the Free Speech Coalition and other plaintiffs, declared unconstitutional key portions of 18 U.S.C. §§2257 and 2257A, the federal performer record-keeping statutes for adult entertainment producers. U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional By Rhett Pardon Jan 6, … Continue reading 18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court