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Working with Sex Workers 101

Title of Event: Working with Sex Workers 101
Description of Event:
In this lesson, we will explore the diversity of sex workers and gain a deeper understanding of the various individuals who engage in this profession. It is important to approach this topic with an open mind and without judgment, as we seek to educate ourselves and promote inclusivity and respect for all individuals involved in sex work. (Weber, A., 2020)
Sex workers come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of experiences. They can be of any gender, age, race, or socioeconomic status. Some individuals may choose sex work as a means of financial stability, while others may be forced into it due to circumstances beyond their control. It is crucial to recognize that sex work is not limited to street-based prostitution but also includes individuals working in brothels, escort services, pornography, and online platforms. Each segment of the sex work industry has its own unique challenges and dynamics. (Rayson, J., & Alba, B., 2019)
Stigma and stereotypes surrounding sex work are prevalent in society and can have serious consequences for sex workers. It is important to gain a deeper understanding of these issues in order to challenge and dismantle harmful beliefs and attitudes. (Tomko, C., Nestadt, D. F., Rouhani, S., Silberzahn, B. E., Haney, K., Park, J. N., Galai, N., Logie, C. H., & Sherman, S. G., 2020)
Stigma refers to the negative beliefs, attitudes, and judgments that society holds towards certain groups of people. Sex workers often face significant stigma due to the nature of their work. They are often seen as immoral, dirty, and deserving of mistreatment. These stereotypes not only perpetuate discrimination and violence against sex workers but also hinder their access to healthcare, legal protection, and social support. It is crucial to recognize that sex work is a legitimate occupation and that sex workers deserve respect and dignity. (Meyer, I. H., & Frost, D. M., 2013)
Date of Event: 4.19.2024 (and asychronous after the live event)
Time of Event: 10am-12pm CT/ 8am-10am PT/ 11am-1pm ET
Location: Online Synchronous plus Online Asychronous after 4.19.2024
Presenter/Speaker: Angie Gunn LCSW, CST, CSTS and Raquel Savage M.S. MFT,
Company/Organization Sponsor: Association of Counseling Sexology and Sexual Wellness 
Contact Name: Chris Whitt
Contact Telephone Number: (727) 244-3130
AASECT Approved CEs: 2.0