With Gail Dines and Ingeborg Kraus.
Sweden has chosen to punish the sex buyers 1999, Germany has chosen to legalize prostitution in 2002. What are the results? Which model protects women in prostitution the best? How does it influence the society? Which model helps the best in the fight against trafficking in women? It is time to draw a balance!
Title: 15 Years after adoption of the legalization of prostitution in Germany, evaluating the impact on and the consequences for women’s mental health.
Presenter: Dr. Ingeborg Kraus
Where: 07.02.2017 in Dublin – http://iawmh2017.org/wp/
Introduction/Objective: Germany instituted a law in 2002 that legalized prostitution without any regulation in an attempt to normalise it as a job like any other. It was put in place because it was argued that it wasn’t prostitution that was traumatizing but the stigmatization of these women by society. Fifteen years after passing the law, my colleagues in the field of Psychology and I have analysed the impact of the law on prostition itself and on womens health. This symposium will present the key observations based on direct clinical work & analysis of patient studies, of the mental health impacts of prostitution on women involved in the German sex industry over the last 15 years. I will outline positive approaches as medical practitioners to support and assist women who suffer mental ill-health as a consequence of this experience, and finally; to reflect on a number of recommended policy changes with the objective of more broadly improving the situation. Continue reading
Last Girl First Summary Report: Strengthening a global movement committed to a world free from sexual exploitation.
New Delhi, 29 January – 01 Februar 2017 . We will be there!
Here is the programme: http://lastgirlfirst.strikingly.com/
To the Right Honourable Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
Dear Chancellor Merkel,
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995.
In connection with the United Nations Commission on the Status on Women and the commemoration of the Beijing Platform for Action, hundreds of organisations working for the promotion and protection of equality for women are in New York to assess and discuss the progress made for women and girls’ rights in the past 20 years.
Among the challenges to equality for women are many forms of discrimination against women, their poverty and their sexual exploitation which underpins their lack of status and opportunities worldwide.
9. – 20.03.2015 – UN Headquarter – New York, USA –
The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOS-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGO) from all regions of the world attend the session.
Mrs Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director of CATW (http://www.catwinternational.org/), will moderate following panel:
“20 Years After Beijing:
Prostitution, Sex Trafficking and the Question for Equality”
– New Voices, New Models, New Solutions –
Panelists are: Dr. Ingeborg Kraus (Initiator of the Appeal “Stop Sexbuying” of the German Trauma Experts), Rachel Moran (founder and director of SPACE INternational, Author of “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution”), Vednita Carter (also a “Survivor”, founder and directorof “Breaking Free” in Minnesota) und Dr. Melissa Farley (founder and director of “Prostitution Research and Education”). Please look here for further information: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015
Stop Sexbuying: From 5th until 7th of December 2014 in munich
Women in prostitution experience the use of their bodies by unknown men between once and 20 to 30 times a day. Together with Sweden we view this reality as violence against women. An event offering information and raising awareness as regards the concrete situation of these women and the physical, psychological and mental consequences for them is absolutely necessary. Women who have succeeded in exiting prostitution are increasingly voicing their experiences. They report having to dissociate their feelings and reactions, having to function like a machine in order to go through the degradation and pains that they are subjected to by constant vaginal, anal and oral penetration. They report having learned this technique of dissociation through childhood violence. They hoped to finally gain control of the situation and thus power by repeating the trauma as an independent decision. The opposite then happens: the trauma is perpetuated by recurrent repetition.
The congress informs on the realities of prostitution, the high risks born by the women, the intense violence perpetrated by the punters. It counters the prostitution myths by reality and clarifies that the purchase of sex must not be legal.
Following Panels on Saturday 6th address the Problem of Trauma and Prostitution:
The Reality of Prostitution: Survivors tell the truth:
Rachel Moran, Space International, Dublin; Tanja Rahm, Denmark, “Marie”, Germany; Jana Koch-Krawczak, Germany. Moderation: Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, Germany.
Trauma. Traumatisation as cause and consequences of prostitution
Dr. Muriel Salmona, Psychotraumatologin, Paris: Michaela Huber, Psychotraumatology, Kassel; Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, psychologist, Karlsruhe; Tanja Rahm, survivor and therapist, danmark. Moderation: Dr. Ingeborg Kraus, Germany.
You can read the whole program here: conception for a congress against prostitution.2.