Social and Legal Recognition of Violence Against Women

If we recognize that domestic violence has a perpetrator and a victim,
we hold the batterer accountable.

If we recognize that rape has a perpetrator and a victim,
we hold the rapist accountable.

If we recognize that prostitution has a perpetrator and a victim,
we hold the sex buyer accountable.

 

Melissa Farley, from keynote speech at opening of the International Abolitionist School,
Barcelona, Spain, March 2021

Abolitionist (Nordic Model) legal policy implemented in New York City

New York City’s District Attorney recently implemented a policy that decriminalizes the person who is paid for in prostitution, while at the same time enforcing existing NY laws against sex buyers, pimps, and traffickers.

This policy will decrease violence against women and increase public safety.  We hope that as the US gradually implements abolitionist laws, these kinds of legal solutions will be considered by other states and municipalities.