Stay Safe – Work Wise: Safety Advice for Sex Workers.
This website has been developed primarily for people engaged in sex work. It has news updates,resources and a services directory. Most of the information is in Working Safely, this has information about keeping safe when working, whether outdoors, indoors or online. It also outlines what you can do if things go wrong.
If you, or one of your friends has experienced a violent incident while working, you can report this to Chrysalis. We can refer you to Uglymugs.ie to circulate information and to report dangerous people to other sex workers. We will not report this to the Gardai UNLESS YOU ASK US TO and if you do want to report incidents to the Gardai we can come with you. There is information about sex work and the law, including Know your Rights and also what you can do if you are a victim of “Revenge Porn” in Legislation. In Health and Social Supports you can get a broad range of information from housing and homeless supports, your entitlements as a migrant to stress management.
There is a private part of the website, which only Sex Workers and a select number of practitioners will be able to access. This incorporates a forum and an instant chat application (which will be manned by trained Chrysalis staff and volunteers).
Chrysalis is a Community Drug Project and registered charity based in Dublin 7. As part of this service Chrysalis Sex Work Project provides a range of additional services to people engaged in sex work. It is open to all people who are or have engaged in sex work regardless of gender identity, background or catchment area. It provides a wide range of services, street outreach to female sex workers, netreach, safety advice and information, provision of harm reduction materials, case management and advocacy work, crisis intervention, referrals to specialised services, inreach support to prisons, hospitals etc, training to professionals and community groups.
This resource is based on content, obtained through the use of surveys and interviews with people engaged in sex work, who generously gave their time and knowledge. A large number of practitioners who also kindly gave their time and knowledge.
The term sex worker refers to a person who exchanges or trades sexual acts for money over a sustained period of time. Although not everyone identifies with this term, we have chosen to use it for consistency throughout the website. This website will hopefully be of benefit to people who may exchange sexual services sporadically, or engage in transactional sex for accommodation, drugs or other reasons.
This website would not have been possible without the contribution of a large number of people. Firstly and most importantly all the people who completed the online surveys and the people who did the face to face interviews with me. This website would not have happened at all, without the funding from the Social Innovation Fund or the web developer so a big thank you to them. We would like to thank the Staff and Board of Chrysalis CDP for all their support, especially Antoinette, Becky, Magda and Passerose. Last but most definitely not least people from a number of organisations gave of their time, to check and contribute content etc . Billie, Cathal, Catriona,Clodagh, Diego, Joanne, Kate M , Kate W, Lucy, Marguerite, Noel, Oana, Rosie, Shelly, Susan, Teela, Wendy. Thank you to everybody else who agreed to be in the Services Directory and who gave their information.
In creating this safety resource, we have based it on Chrysalis’ booklet StaySafeWorkWise. We have also drawn from Beyond the Gaze, Safety and Privacy for online Sex Workers.
The information contained on this website, StaySafeWorkWise, is for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal or other advice. Chrysalis SWP assumes no legal responsibility for the contents of the information provided nor responsibility for errors or omissions in the content.
StaySafeWorkWise website contains links to external websites that are not provided or maintained by, or in any way affiliated with, this website. Please note that the StaySafeWorkWise website does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any information on these external websites.