Applaud Support System for Victimized Sex Workers


Target: California Legislature

Goal: Thank California for allowing prostitutes who are abused access to the victim compensation fund

California recently passed a law that will allow prostitutes and sex workers who are beaten, raped, or abused in any way to receive compensation from a victim fund. This is a reversal of a law created in the 1990’s that prohibited prostitutes to apply for this financial assistance.

California was the only state with a law preventing victims from getting monetary compensation for attacks against them. At the time of its inception, the law was considered a direct attack against prostitutes – and one that did no actual good against preventing either prostitution or violence. The main issue with the law was that it in no way regulated prostitution. It did not prevent prostitution nor did it make it safer.

Although prostitution is illegal, it is impossible to stop it all together, so laws regarding it should make the act safer rather than more dangerous and unjust. This law that allows victim compensation for prostitutes is a great success in that it demonstrates the values that prostitution laws should reflect. It is never excusable for a woman to be beaten or raped, no matter what the circumstances.

Please sign the petition below to thank California for creating a safer and fairer environment for women.


Dear California Legislation,

Thank you for your recent decision to pass a law that allows prostitutes who are victims of beatings and rape to have access to the victim compensation fund. Although it is not okay to condone illegal activity, it is the right decision to make attempts to make inevitable actions safer.

The law created in the 1990’s that made it illegal for victims who are prostitutes to have access to the victim compensation fund did little to actually prevent prostitution and instead targeted women who are prostitutes unfairly. Prostitution may not be a wise idea, but it does not make it any less wrong for a man to beat or rape a women. Any woman who has undergone this sort of trauma should not be denied access to a victim compensation fund.

On behalf of the women of California, thank you for making this decision to make prostitution a little bit safer for women.


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