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Men who buy sex commit more crimes: Study

Re-Posted from Toronto Sun July 20, 2011
Ros Krasny, REUTERS

BOSTON – Men who pay for sex are more likely than men who do not pay for sex to commit a variety of offenses including violent crimes against women, according to research conducted in the Boston area.

The study, released this week, was based on interviews with 202 men conducted by the nonprofit group Prostitution Research and Education and was led by Melissa Farley, a clinical psychologist and anti-prostitution activist.

Buyers and non-buyers of commercial sex from the Boston area were paired by age, education and ethnicity to compare their perceptions of women after voluntarily joining the study. About half the men paid for sex and the other half did not.

Men who paid for sex were more likely to report having committed felonies and misdemeanors, including crimes related to violence against women and those related to substance abuse, assault and weapons, the study found.

The study was designed, among other things, to test attitudes of men who buy sex. It found that as a group, they share certain attitudes and behavioral tendencies different from their non-buying peers.

Almost three in four of the sex buyers reported they learned about sex from pornography, whereas only 54% of the non-buyers did so.

The two groups also held significantly different attitudes regarding whether prostitution was consenting sex or exploitation. Men who bought sex were significantly less empathetic toward women working as prostitutes.

Two-thirds of both groups concluded most women prostitutes had been lured, tricked or trafficked into the work.

But sex buyers “seemed to justify their involvement in the sex industry by stating their belief…that women in prostitution were intrinsically different from non-prostituting women,” the study’s authors said.

The majority of both groups, 61% of sex buyers and 70% of non-buyers, currently had a wife or girlfriend.

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YWCA Canada honoured with inaugural Mary Robinson Award for Young Women’s Leadership in Human Rights

YWCA Canada was honoured in Zurich for our ground-breaking programmes that consistently and strategically further human rights for women and girls, including Girlspace , YW Leadership Miles , and Power of Being a Girl.   YWCA Canada continues to be at the forefront of leading social change within the country through building strategic partnerships and using social media.  YWCA Canada strives to help girls understand what personal and human rights mean in their everyday lives.  Accepting the award with intergenerational leadership, the recipients emphasised the power of influence and how one speech, one conference, or one person can serve to inspire.

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HAMILTON, July 7 – YWCA Hamilton Chief Executive Officer Denise Doyle travels to Zurich this week participating as a member of the Canadian delegation at the World YWCA Council and the International Women’s Summit. From July 10 to 16, 2011, the World YWCA will convene the World Council providing an extensive platform for member associations to outline key recommendations for the agenda on women’s rights, empowerment and security.

Alongside the Council the 4th International Women’s Summit (IWS) will take place from July 12 – 13. The IWS will feature a wide range of activities, sessions and exceptional speakers to discuss the theme of “Women Creating a Safe World”, and to define safe, equitable and inclusive spaces and programs for women and girls in the context of Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and commitments to the Millennium Development Goals.

Participants will focus on defining a strong agenda for the future, mobilizing resources, sharing skills and best practices, and strengthening the capacity and networks of women globally to respond effectively. “It is pertinent we honour, nurture and encourage leadership of young women” says YWCA Hamilton CEO Denise Doyle, “defining a global model of safe spaces for women and girls will improve the status of women worldwide.”

Since 1898, every four years, the World YWCA has held its World Council and since 1999 it has organised the International Women’s Summit (IWS). Each Council has led to steps forward and brought achievements towards women’s rights throughout the world. The summit is this year’s largest global gathering of women leaders with 1000 participants from over 100 countries, including former presidents of Chile, Switzerland and Ireland.

The World YWCA seeks to develop the leadership and collective power of women and girls around the world to achieve justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and a sustainable environment for all people.

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800 march to Parliament for our murdered and missing Aboriginal sisters

July 6, 2011 – Over 800 women and men marched to parliament this week bringing attention to our murdered and missing Aboriginal women. The situation in Canada is grievous. Close to 600 Aboriginal women have disappeared or were killed in the past three decades. Between 2000 and 2008 alone, 153 women went missing.

Sisters in Spirit, a project of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), conducted much of the research into the 600 disappearances and deaths. The data sounded the alarms and made the case that urgent action is needed. Last year the Conservative government declared the project finished and withheld further funding to all groups looking into Canada’s missing Aboriginal women.

In the name of our missing, killed and at-risk sisters, we must take a stand and demand action from our government. Aboriginal women are being pushed into situations where they are more vulnerable to violence. Protection from our police and justice systems is inadequate. Safe housing is all too often inaccessible. The vulnerability sends a message to men that they can get away with violence against Indigenous women. It’s time to send a new message.

Information referenced in this post came from: Women’s Words 2011: 800 march on Parliament for murdered and missing Aboriginal women; and Amnesty International: Stolen Sisters