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Please check out, like & share the harm story of our new volunteer Alicia, a sex industry survivor. Thanks! 🙂 And please don’t forget to also COMMENT — here or especially on our Facebook post where Alicia will see it — to show your support for Alicia’s courage in speaking out to help other girls and young women learn from her experiences, and not end up making the same mistake of entering the destructive sex industry. Thank you! 🙂

LINK TO ALICIA’S STORY: (Scroll down to read Alicia’s full story in this post.)

http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html#167385

Our Facebook post with Alicia’s story:

HOW THE SEX INDUSTRY HELPED DESTROY MY LIFE AND YOUTH FOR TWO YEARS

~ By Alicia B.
(19, Student, Office Worker, AntiPornography.org Volunteer)

Like most people my age, I was exposed to porn and the sex industry at a young age. I was also introduced to the horrible ways of men at a young age as well. I had sexual experiences very young. Part of my reasoning for working in the sex industry was that men had seen me as a piece of meat since I was a child, so why not get paid for it? Well, I was very wrong and thanks to working in the sex industry, I have just gotten through the worst two years of my life.

Even as a young girl, beauty standards (often Eurocentric) were pushed on me and were a constant reminder that I didn’t fit the norm. I was either cast out as disgusting, or I was exotified or hypersexualized. I developed very early and many boys and men took that as a sign that I wanted their sexual advances.

In my almost 20 years of life, I have experienced multiple cases of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and stalking. I’ve wanted to die multiple times and acted on it before. It was a horrible point in my life and I can honestly say I’ve hit rock bottom multiple times.

For some reason I had always been interested in the sex industry and wanted to be a part of it. As soon as I turned 18 I started camming and having a lot of casual sex. I had no friends and really became a recluse. This led to me becoming severely depressed, getting STDs, getting raped, and dropping out of university. During this same time, I was dealing with medical issues in addition to depression that made everything ten times harder.

After being in and out of the hospital and treatment facilities, my life was and is continuing to get better. A few months ago, I figured if I tried working in the sex industry with my life under control, that maybe it would be different. I was very wrong.

I jumped back into webcamming and got very deep into dominatrix work. I thought being a dominatrix would cut out harassment and get me more money. I was very wrong about that too. I saw a lot of disturbing things while still getting harassed on a daily basis.

I have ultimately decided to quit working in the sex industry forever, because I have lived and seen firsthand the harm it does to people. I am now at a new college, in an amazing relationship with my partner, and doing a lot better both medically and mentally.

I want to share my story because I don’t want other young girls making the same mistakes I did. The sex industry is not good. All the institutions that oppress people in real life are amplified ten fold in the sex industry. Selling your sexuality for money takes a huge toll on your body, mind, and spirit. I will never be truly free of the industry because there are pictures and videos of me on the Internet doing sex acts. As hard as I tried to cover my tracks, that time in my life will always be documented and will never fully be erased. I want to prevent this from happening to young girls so that they can live an easier, happier life.

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READ MORE POWERFUL SEX INDUSTRY AND PORNOGRAPHY HARM STORIES AT OUR WEBSITE:

http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html

ALICIA’S STORY LINK: http://www.antipornography.org/harm_stories.html#167385

PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO HELP SURVIVORS TRANSITION OUT OF THE SEX INDUSTRY AND SPEAK OUT. THANKS! 🙂

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! 🙂

May 2014 be a very happy, healthy, fulfilling, prosperous and productive year for everyone! Many thanks to all supporters and best wishes to all!

The Board, Staff and Volunteers of AntiPornography.org

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Best wishes for peace, love and happiness to all of our great supporters and your loved ones! And to all good people everywhere! 🙂

P.S. If anyone would like to support the cause by giving our organization a holiday gift, we do accept and are very much in need of tax-deductible donations! We’d like to do a lot more in 2014 to help survivors exit the sex industry, transition successfully to better lives, and then speak out, but this is a very costly endeavor and we can’t do it without your support. So we hope you will consider doing YOUR part to help us to help others! Thanks! 🙂

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

We also are very much in need of another computer or tablet or both, to increase our ability to do work to fight porn and sexual exploitation. So if anyone would like to donate a new or used computing device, please let us know! Thanks! 🙂

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YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~
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Here’s a helpful overview of Canada’s decision on Friday to strike down all prostitution laws, and the responses from various groups:

[Rabble.ca – Excerpt] — Abolitionists advocate the Nordic legal model, which treats all sex-for-sale as sexual assault and penalizes only the customer. They say that, at the very least, the great majority of sex workers are in the trade as an absolute last economic resort, often as a result of deception or coercion. At worst, the sex trade involves human trafficking: buying and selling sex slaves.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) intervened in the Bedford case, advocating the Nordic model. They released a statement after the Court’s decision, which says in part, “Aboriginal women are grossly overrepresented in prostitution and among the women who have been murdered in prostitution. It is not helpful to divide women in prostitution into those who ‘choose’ and those who are ‘forced’ into prostitution. In most cases, Aboriginal women are recruited for prostitution as girls and/or feel they have no other option due to poverty and abuse. It is the sex industry that encourages women to view prostitution as their chosen identity.

“With the legalization of prostitution, NWAC fears that Canada will become a key destination country for traffickers and pimps, and there will be a huge increase in the rates of sexual exploitation and sexualized violence among Aboriginal women and girls. NWAC President, Michèle Audette stated that ‘NWAC’s position is that prostitution exploits and increases the inequality of Aboriginal women and girls on the basis of their gender, race, age, disability and poverty.’”

Another way to view the various sides of the argument would be along the spectrum of belief in the free market. Claimant and retired dominatrix Terri-Jean Bedford, who called her business the Bondage Bungalow, was among the minority at the top of the trade, with her own business and staff and a comfortable and fairly discreet clientele. Like geishas, such top-of-chain workers say they provide a personal service that goes far beyond sex.

Abolitionists argue that the usually young women at the bottom of the supply chain tend to face steep social barriers such as racialization, class, and inadequate education. For every cultivated, genteel online escort who enjoys an occasional pleasant date that ends in a sizeable tip, they argue, there are at least a dozen disadvantaged women/men/trans swapping sex for survival. Unlike, say, selling drugs or working in a casino, having sex with someone for money usually involves a certain loss of personal autonomy.

Mind you, a lot of people are going hungry these days, and some are feeling desperate. In a sluggish service- and retail-oriented economy, some would argue that piecework is better than no job at all. Decriminalization advocates talk about co-operative brothels, with workers voting on policies and hiring their own protection. Unfortunately, so far that model doesn’t seem to have succeeded.

Just as with casinos, with brothels, a few players (usually employers) win, and maybe even win big. Most players find the odds are heavily weighted against them, especially those who are already at some disadvantage. “…far too many Indigenous women and girls [have been] placed in harm’s way, denied adequate protection of the law, and marginalized in a way that allows some men to get away with carrying out violent crimes against them….” states the Amnesty International “Stolen Sisters” report on the more than 600 missing Aboriginal women, thought to have been murdered, probably because somebody wanted sex without having to pay for it.

“The reality is sex workers are 60 to 100 times more likely to be assaulted than anyone else,” said Marion Little, executive director of PEERS,” according to and article in the Victoria Times-Colonist. “The non-profit group provides advocacy and outreach for Victoria sex workers,” and helped organize Victoria’s Red Umbrella Day, the international day to end violence against sex workers.

“It’s a sad day that we’ve now had confirmed that it’s OK to buy and sell women and girls in this country. I think generations to come — our daughters, their granddaughters and on — will look back and say, ‘What were they thinking?,'” Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies Kim Pate told the CBC. “To say that [prostitution] is a choice when you’re talking about the women we work with is to say that in fact it’s OK to just exploit them,” she said.

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PLEASE READ THE FULL EXCELLENT ARTICLE AT THE LINK BELOW: (And please don’t forget to like, comment and share to spread the word and support the cause. Thanks! :-))

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/penney-kome/2013/12/price-paid-sex-0

Also here is an excellent and very powerful statement from Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry:

http://feministcurrent.com/8436/press-release-indigenous-women-against-the-sex-industry-continue-to-fight-for-the-abolition-of-prostitution/

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YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~
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Will you help us to fight the devastating harms of pornography by DONATING? We need your support to do more in 2014! 🙂

Like all nonprofits, the more we are supported by good caring people like YOU, the more we can do to make a difference and help others, such as helping survivors of the sex trade to transition and speak out, which we did a lot of this year.

This is a TEAM EFFORT, so if we are going to be able to make progress in this cause, each and every one of us must do our part, whether that is volunteering, doing an independent project, or donating.

Whatever it is, please step up and help! We CAN make progress — IF we ALL take responsibility and really contribute significantly in one way or another. 🙂

To all those who do step up and do your part, and to all supporters, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! You are needed and appreciated! 🙂

The team at AntiPornography.org
A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

http://www.antipornography.org/donate.html

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If anyone can’t or doesn’t want to donate financially, we also could very much use one or more new or slightly used COMPUTERS, and one or more new or used IPADS or TABLETS.

We will use these to increase our productivity so we can do more to fight against the harms of pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking! So if you’re willing to donate any of these, please contact us via the form at the link below. We would REALLY appreciate it! Thanks!

http://www.antipornography.org/contact.html

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FACEBOOK: AntiPornography.org – Nonreligious, Pro Free Speech, Pro Healthy Sex & Love ~~ http://www.facebook.com/ENDSexploitation ~~
YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~
TWITTER ACCOUNTS: @AntiPornography ~~ @ENDSexTraffic ~~ @ENDProstitution ~~ @NoSadomasochism ~~ @PornAddictHelp1 ~~ @HealthySexNLove ~~
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Check out this guy’s video provocative PSA on why porn is harmful, a lie, and a waste of time.

WARNING: Graphic sounds and language.

http://youtu.be/vQWdWO8Ga0Q

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FACEBOOK: AntiPornography.org – Nonreligious, Pro Free Speech, Pro Healthy Sex & Love ~~ http://www.facebook.com/ENDSexploitation ~~
YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~
TWITTER ACCOUNTS: @AntiPornography ~~ @ENDSexTraffic ~~ @ENDProstitution ~~ @NoSadomasochism ~~ @PornAddictHelp1 ~~ @HealthySexNLove ~~
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Please sign this vital petition to stop Germany from continuing to endorse & support prostitution!

http://www.emma.de/artikel/appeal-against-prostitution-311976

Also please read the full, helpful information about the harms of prostitution at the link and share the petition and info with others! Thanks! 🙂

NOTE: Unfortunately, the link to the actual petition at the bottom of the info page still leads to a form on the right side of the page that is only in German and not yet in English. Here are the translations for the different form fields to fill out:

Ich unterzeichne den Appell = I sign the appeal.

[Mandatory]
Vorname = First name
Name = Last name
E-Mail = E-mail
Wohnort = Place of residence

[Optional]
Land = Country
Alter = Age
Beruf = Profession
Warum hast du unterzeichnet? = Why did you sign?
Absenden = Send

Thanks again for signing and sharing! 🙂

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FACEBOOK: AntiPornography.org – Nonreligious, Pro Free Speech, Pro Healthy Sex & Love ~~ http://www.facebook.com/ENDSexploitation ~~
YOUTUBE CHANNELS: AntiPornographyBlog ~~ AntiPornographyOrg ~~ SayNOtoProstitution ~~ ENDSexTrafficDEMAND ~~ PornAddictionHelp ~~ SayNOtoSadomasochism ~~
TWITTER ACCOUNTS: @AntiPornography ~~ @ENDSexTraffic ~~ @ENDProstitution ~~ @NoSadomasochism ~~ @PornAddictHelp1 ~~ @HealthySexNLove ~~
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