At international levelMelissaFarley a.o.havepublished the most relevantresultswith data fromninedifferent countries (2004). According the studytwo-thirdsof the examined854women in prostitutionshowed symptomsof PTSD(posttraumaticstress disorder), which were comparablewith themof healthcare-seeking veterans, women whofled toshelters, rape survivorsand refugeeswho were exposed tostate-sanctionedtorture. The intensity oftrauma-related symptomsdependedon the intensity ofthe activity in prostitution. Womenwith multiplesuitorsreportedharderphysical symptoms.The longer thewomenwere active in prostitution, the more likely they were infected witha sexually transmitted disease.
Click here for thestudy“ProstitutionandTraffickinginNineCountries: An Update onViolence andPosttraumaticStress Disorder” by Dr. Melissa Farley.
The tendency of victims of physical or sexual childhood abuse to become revictimized in later life has well been documented empirically. Moreover, there is a high stability of violent and abusive relationships. The aim of this paper was to summarize perspectives from psychodynamic theory, attachment theory, and posttraumatic stress research to explain revictimization phenomena. The term repetition compulsion has little explanatory valuewithout additional theoretical assumptions.
After 3 years in prostitution, I almost jumped out a window – from the third floor. That was how prostitution made me feel, – that I had nothing to live for. I had been sexually violated so many times, that there was almost nothing left of me – neither inside, or outside. I was nothing. I was worth nothing. I felt completely useless. I was a machine for other people’s amusement, their sexual desires and their perverse exploitation.
I spent 9 years in therapy, to get where I am today. And even though I persist in telling about the violence experienced in prostitution I still live with the traumas and the re-traumatizing. But we, as survivors have to. We have to keep on telling about the violence, so no one will ever forget or be manipulated into thinking, that prostitution is even close to something you can define as sexwork.
Catharine MacKinnon is an american lawyer, teacher and radical feminist activist. In her visiting lecture to University of Chicago Law School, Professor MacKinnon talks about consequences and significance of the systematic maltreatment of women, her experiences in india, the swedish model and why legalizing prostitution is a failed experiment.