ABA Journal Daily News
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Posted May 16, 2017 10:57 am CDT
Jurors in Denver have awarded a woman $1.7 million in damages in her privacy invasion suit against a Colorado lawyer who exposed her secret life as a prostitute.
Suspended lawyer Sean Saxon was found liable for revealing Jerene Dildine’s work to her family members and classmates, CBS 4 reports.
Dildine told the television station that she began working as a prostitute when a divorce and a cutback in her work hours created financial problems. Saxon became one of her clients in November 2013, and soon they became romantically involved.
But Saxon didn’t like Dildine’s work as a prostitute and he became angry and violent at times, Dildine said. Dildine said she broke off the relationship, but Saxon stalked her and threatened to expose her. Eventually he carried through on the threat.
Saxon says she was depressed and considered suicide. She contacted lawyer Tom Overton, who helped her file an ethics complaint against Saxon and filed the civil suit on her behalf.
Saxon had represented himself in the trial and claimed his revelations were protected by the First Amendment.
Saxon was fired in 2014 from the Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell law firm, where he handled pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, after the firm learned of Dildine’s allegations, according to a report by an ethics hearing board. He pleaded guilty to violation of a protective order in January 2015 for continuing to send texts to Dildine and was sentenced to two years’ probation.
"The evidence is irrefutable," the hearing board concluded. "Dildine suffered considerable injury—emotional, physical, and reputational—at [Saxon’s] hands."
The hearing board imposed a three-year suspension in November 2016, and Saxon appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court.
Saxon provided this statement to CBS 4: "I am deeply sorry I became involved with Jerene Dildine, most of all because I betrayed my family. I profoundly regret much of the language I used in my communications when I exposed Ms. Dildine as a prostitute to people who know her. All the material I sent was true and was taken from Ms. Dildine’s own marketing materials that she placed on the internet and sent to her clients to promote her business. I am appealing the jury’s decision. I do not believe that Ms. Dildine should be allowed to recover damages because of embarrassment over having her illegal conduct exposed."
Headline updated to clarify that it was a verdict. Read online
CBS DENVER 4
By Brian Maass
May 12, 2017 10:00 PM
DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver district court jury awarded a former escort $1.7 million in damages last month after concluding that one of her clients, a high end Denver attorney, was guilty of outrageous conduct and invading the woman’s privacy by "outing" her to her family, friends and colleagues.
"I just feel like this was the final battle and I won," said Jerene Dildine, 44, who agreed to tell her story to CBS4 hoping it helps other women in similar situations. "I almost killed myself over being ashamed. I want other people to know you don’t have to die from shame."
The attorney who was found liable in the Dildine case, Sean Saxon, told CBS4 he plans to appeal the jury verdict.
Dildine told her story to CBS4 in a series of interviews. She was a teacher working in area public school systems, primarily teaching Spanish. But in 2013, with fewer teaching hours, rising housing costs and a recent divorce that hurt her financially, she said she began searching Craigslist for part time work and decided to try bikini modeling to supplement her income. On one modeling job, she said the client asked her if she would exchange sex for money.
"I did it," said Dildine. "And it was a very easy transition into that."
Using an alias, she created a profile on a prostitution website offering sex for $300 per hour. Read more
For the Justice Network
Sex workers are human beings not so different than you. It is time to legalize, regulate and tax the escort/sex trade. Let’s make these folks legitimate workers in our society. If you ever watched porn, you hired sex workers. Think about that. Sex workers need a living wage, healthcare, workers comp insurance, and retirement benefits, just like other workers. It is time to end the moral panic. See "Someone you love could be a sex worker", by Valerie Scott, on TEDxToronto. For Florida prostitution laws, see the Florida Statutes, Chapter 796 Prostitution.
sex worker and advocate Juno Mac, I believe decriminalization and self-determination is a viable alternative to legalization and regulation. It is time to set aside the MORAL PANIC and have a national discussion about the sex industry.
From YouTube: "Everyone has an opinion about sex work, but what does sex worker Juno Mac think? Juno takes us through four different legal models addressing the sex industry and explains why they -- and sex workers around the world -- believe decriminalization and self-determination are the only way to keep sex workers safe. An activist with the Sex Worker Open University, Juno campaigns for better working conditions by fighting criminalization and is involved with public education projects around issues relating to sex worker rights."
Lawrence v Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003) is a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. This was a Texas sodomy law and privacy case. The Court held that intimate consensual sexual conduct was part of the liberty protected by substantive due process under the 14th Amendment. In my opinion escorting is protected under Lawrence as intimate consensual sexual conduct as part of the liberty interest protected by substantive due process under the 14th Amendment. Wikipedia
Note: While this information deals with legal issues, it does not constitute legal advice. If you have specific questions related to the information available here, you are encouraged to consult an attorney who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation. I am not a lawyer, not licensed to practice law, did not go to law school. Read my disclaimer.
From YouTube: "Valerie Scott is a Sex Worker & Advocate. Valerie Scott always wanted to be a sex worker and has extensive experience in her chosen profession. She is a founding member and legal co-ordinator of Sex Professionals of Canada, a sex worker rights organization. She has been a passionate advocate for her colleague's human, civil, and legal rights for the past 30 years. She has testified at Canada's Senate and at several Parliamentary committees. She has spoken at numerous community meetings, colleges, universities, and conferences about the humanity of sex workers and the need for full decriminalization of adult sex work."
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The White-Slave Traffic Act, or the Mann Act, is a United States federal law, passed June 25, 1910 (ch. 395, 36 Stat. 825; codified as amended at 18 U.S.C. §§ 2421–2424)... It was amended by Congress in 1978 and again in 1986 to apply to transport for the purpose of prostitution or illegal sexual acts. Read more
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Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear?
By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D.
Posted Jul 20, 2015
Moral panic is a situation in which public fears and state interventions exceed the objective threat posed by an individual or group who is/are claimed to be responsible for creating it. Central to the concept is an argument that public concern or fear over an alleged social problem is mutually beneficial to state officials, politicians, law enforcement and news media. Read more
From Eve the Temptress to Mary Magdalene the Prostitute: The Strange Truth About Biblical Women
By Katie Edwards / The Conversation
April 5, 2016
The women of the Bible are far more than just characters of ancient stories. They help to reflect and construct our ideas and attitudes about femininity and female sexuality.
The much-maligned Magdalene
Like Eve, the New Testament character Mary Magdalene has been the subject of centuries of bad press. Magdalene is often believed to be a prostitute although there’s no suggestion of it in the biblical text. Academics have argued that the early Church developed Mary Magdalene’s repentant prostitute persona as a bid to deny women a proper position in the church hierarchy.
Since then, a number of attempts have been made to "rehabiliate" the character from her reputation as a fallen woman. Melvyn Bragg, for example, has certainly put some time into discovering the "real Magdalene", presenting a controversial Good Friday documentary in 2013 and a radio programme on BBC Radio 4 earlier this year. But despite the reams of research and hours of media coverage, including the heightened interest in the Gospel of Mary following the success of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, our fascination with the "penitent sinner" remains.
The discussion around Mary Magdalene, however, says more about cultural attitudes to female sexuality than anything about the biblical character. The persistent idea that sex workers are "fallen" women who should be rehabilitated or repentant has only relatively recently been challenged and the controversy surrounding Mary Magdalene speaks to centuries of the dominant ideology that shapes values around female sexuality and stigmatises sex workers on a moralistic premise.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
"On the other hand, Mary, Mother of Jesus, is considered by many Christians as the "ideal woman". As a virgin mother, Mary has the ultimate appeal to female respectability, combining the most culturally valuable female roles. But discussions surrounding the "ideal femininity" of Mary, Mother of Jesus, are inextricably linked with the control of female sexuality evidenced in attitudes to Mary Magdalene. The construction of "female virtue" is a cultural dividing practice to reinforce the social boundaries between respectable and unrespectable groups and classes." Read more
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"Get Some" is a song by Swedish singer and songwriter Lykke Li from her second studio album, Wounded Rhymes (2011). Produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John, it was released on 22 October 2010 as the album's lead single. During an interview for The Guardian on 13 December 2010, Li said of the song:
"A lot of people think it's about sex. [...] But it's about power. I was reading the Murakami book The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, where she goes into this guy's mind by making him fantasize about her, so it's kind of like powerplay. As soon as a woman does anything, they seem to hit a nerve and it's back to sex. At least men seem to think that." Read more
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Read more: Lykke Li - Get Some Lyrics | MetroLyricsDon't pull your pants, before I go down
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Thomson Reuters Foundation
By Lin Taylor
Thursday, 18 May 2017
"People think less of girls who are prostitutes. But when you're a street prostitute, they think even less of you"
COPENHAGEN, May 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a dark tunnel in Copenhagen's red light district on a freezing night, Annika gasped for air as the stranger who agreed to pay her for sex started suffocating her with his bare hands.
A friend nearby heard her muffled cries and helped the 25-year-old Dane break free from the man's grasp. Annika, who declined to reveal her full name, said it was the fourth time in a year that she nearly died at the hands of her clients.
"If you don't give them what they want, even though it is not what you agreed in the beginning, some just snap," said Annika, who sold sex for nearly a year to pay for her drug addiction but quit the industry eight months ago.
"People think less of girls who are prostitutes. But when you're a street prostitute, they think even less of you," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on a street corner in Vesterbro, Copenhagen's red light district.
Studies show that sex workers in Denmark are violated or threatened by customers about 31 percent of the time while working the streets compared to only three percent in brothels, according to the Danish National Centre for Social Research.
For while prostitution is legal in Denmark, it is illegal to profit from other people selling sex, such as pimping, or to rent rooms to sex workers, which means prostitutes can end up having sex in places like parks, alleyways, behind parked cars and telephone booths.
This can put sex workers in danger from some clients and passers-by, according to rights groups, who are concerned that migrant or trafficked women are especially vulnerable as they are often afraid to report violence or assaults to the police.
A 2009 study by TAMPEP, the European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers, estimated migrant workers make up about 65 percent of sex workers in a list of European countries, including Denmark, where there are high numbers from Nigeria and Thailand.
Annika said she reported her attack to the police but they dropped the case because she had no visible marks on her body.
"It made me feel like I didn't matter to anyone," she said. Read more
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American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). ASHA was founded in 1914 in New York City, formed out of early 20th century social reform movements focused on fighting sexually transmitted infections (known then as venereal disease, or VD) and prostitution. Now, more than 100 years after its creation, ASHA remains America’s nonprofit authority for sexual health information. Read more. ASHA on Wikipedia
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