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Community education

Educating the broader community on realities, myths and stereotypes about sex workers

Reducing whorephobia and its impact on the general and sexual health of sex workers within the general community requires ongoing community education and systemic advocacy. Respect Inc is represented on the HIV and STI Prevention Advisory Committee for the Queensland Minister of Health.  We have recently been invited to join the BBV and STI Expert Preventative Advisory Committee with the Communicable Diseases Branch of Queensland Health.  The CMC (Crime and Misconduct Commission) have also made a recommendation for Respect Inc to have representation on a recommended advisory committee with the Minister of Police.  The goal of community education is to educate the general community as to why we should be supported or at least not punished for our choice to provide sexual services, we participate in networks, community education, stands at festivals, presentations, etc

Respect Inc provide general community education through training.  We can assist with induction of new staff in organisations that respond to sex workers needs regularly and presentations outlining the services that we provide along with discussing some of the myths and then the realities of sex work for twenty minutes to two hours.

We hope to provide a view of our trade and industry that most people don’t get to see.  We are proud to represent sex workers and our ‘Whore Pride’ shines through.  We aim to reduce discrimination based on misunderstandings or misconception, especially when we are accessing a mainstream service.

Community organisations are welcome to contact their closest Respect Inc office to organise a mutually convenient time.  If you are a sex worker and believe that a community organisation has discriminated against you and is in need of some reality checking, please contact your closest Respect Inc office.

Respect Inc can do presentations, training and information provision with other service providers and general community members such as:

  • sexual health clinics
  • multicultural groups
  • alcohol and drug services
  • colleges and universities
  • youth services
  • police, regulatory bodies and legal services
  • expos and community forums
  • festivals and mardi gras
  • women's centres
  • centres against sexual violence, domestic violence and assault
  • general community members