SASS Stands for Seattle Annual Sex Work Symposium, and is dedicated to “Celebrating the Voices & Human Rights of People in Sexy Professions”
What is the Goal of SASS?
SASS are strives to provide educational entertainment to raise awareness about the lives and concerns of sex workers, and their communities. SASS amplifies the voices of people who have worked in the adult industry, allowing them to share their experiences as opposed to being spoken for. SASS is also a fundraiser for SWOP-Seattle, a local Chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, a national grassroots organization that strives to decrease stigma and violence experienced by sex workers and their communities.
What is Sex Work?
Sex work is an umbrella phrase used to describe occupations within the adult industry, which includes escorting, striping, professional domination and submission, porn performing, peep show dancing, sacred intimacy, phone sex, and web camming, and more. Sex workers are people who voluntarily undertake these occupations, and are a diverse group of people that occupy every age/race/gender/sex/socio-economic demographic. Sex work is defined as a consenting transaction of erotic labor for material compensation, and is not to be confused with sex trafficking and other forms of coercion. The phrase Sex Worker was coined by Carol Leigh (aka Scarlet Harlot) to assert that sex work in a valid form of labor, and to give dignity to erotic workers who are otherwise seen as victims or undesirables. To learn more about the phrase sex work, check out this Wiki entry.
Who Facilitates SASS?
SASS is primarily sponsored by SWOP-Seattle, a local chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, a national grassroots organization dedicated to sex worker rights advocacy. SWOP-Seattle is a non-profit which is led by current and retired sex workers, with the help and support from allied organizations, social services providers, and civilians who believe in the human rights of sex workers. The people contributing to SASS include members from other SWOP Chapters around the country, human rights activists, performers, and businesses that support the sex worker rights movement.