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Empowering Action: Building Sex Workers’ Capacity for a Provincial Bad Date Reporting System

Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Vancouver, British Columbia

This project responds to the need for a safe, provincial system for sex workers to report bad dates – clients whose behaviour raises concerns about safety. Bad date and aggressor reporting (BDAR) is a grassroots response to legal and social barriers, such as sex work stigma, fear of police, and the inadequacy of the criminal justice system to address the risks sex workers face. A BDAR system allows workers to report violence or safety concerns to peers, outreach workers or online databases, and make it available to other sex workers. As sex workers move to work or live in other communities, having a coordinated provincial system is imperative to ensure safety. This project will help sex workers build capacity and leadership skills to determine how a provincial BDAR system should work, participate in government consultations and engagement opportunities, and implement a province-wide network once designed.

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