by Guest Columnist
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
This is the second part of a five-part series promoting Sex Out Loud's annual Sexual Health Week.Last November, four women were killed in a hate crime. On Nov. 28, the corpses of Kimberly Raffo, Barbara Breidor, Tracy Ann Roberts and Molly Jean Dilts were found in a drainage ditch near Atlantic City. One woman died of suffocation, another died of strangulation and the other two women's bodies were too decomposed for the coroner to determine the cause of death. The ongoing investigation of these hate crimes has been fairly low profile, as has the media coverage of the killings. As police continue to search for the killer, the families and friends of the victims are left to wonder: Why did a serial killer victimize these women, and why has the public outrage been so minimal? One answer is that all four women worked as prostitutes.
issue 252 – February 1994
Nickie Roberts delves into some hidden history –
and comes up with challenging proposals for the future.
A prostitute is raped by a client. She does not bother to report the crime to the police, because in their eyes the rape of a hooker isn’t a crime: ‘You’re a whore, what do you expect?’ is their attitude.
A teenage prostitute is murdered by a serial killer, who then goes on to kill a young student. Only after a ‘respectable’ woman is killed is there a public outcry. And at the killer’s trial, the prosecution lawyer comments that the saddest aspect of the case is the fact that some victims were not prostitutes.
A New York police chief makes the following comments when being interviewed about the murder of a Puerto Rican streetwalker: ‘I think there’s something juicy about a prostitute getting killed. Some of them are young and attractive, and I’ve seen how some cops act around them. It’s maybe a little more exciting.’
Posted Toronto, National Post
Fox News has seized on our story yesterday about Kimberlee Ouwroulis, the 44-year-old exotic dancer who has filed a rights complaint against a Mississauga strip club that allegedly fired her because of her age.
Here’s how Ouwroulis describes what happened: ‘‘The manager called me into the office June 6, sat me down, looked at me directly and I quote, “Your time is up here,” and I asked, “Why? Is it my age?” He furthermore volunteered that another older girl had been fired the same day, and told me her name.’’
Ouwroulis took the case to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
Fox took the subject up in a discussion of their legal panel (available at the moment on their home page), although panelists seemed dubious that a) Ouwroulis is 44 and b) what happened to her amounted to discrimination. Read their version of the story here.
We have asked Ouwroulis for further comment, and are awaiting her reply. In the meantime, we offer a blurry but never-seen-before photo of Ouwroulis, above.
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October 04, 2008 12:43 AM
Stouffville dancer told club going ‘younger’
By: Louie Rosella
Kimberlee Ouwroulis doesn’t believe her age should be a roadblock to success.
So, the 44-year-old adult dancer from Stouffville has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, alleging the owner of a Mississauga strip club fired her because she was too old.
“He told me that the club is going in a new direction with younger girls,” Ms Ouwroulis said. “That’s age discrimination to me.”
The complaint, filed Sept. 16 to the tribunal, alleges that John Sit, owner of the New Locomotion Strip Club on Matheson Blvd., got rid of Ms Ouwroulis back on June 6 because of her age.
The complaint also names other dancers as witnesses and Ms Ouwroulis said they, too, are preparing human rights complaints against the owner.
By Mark Dagostino
Originally posted Wednesday November 19, 2008 08:00 AM EST
She was the tabloid sensation at the center of the sex scandal that brought down New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. But in her very first interview, Ashley Alexandra Dupré tells PEOPLE, “I am a normal girl.”
“Everyone knows me as ‘that girl,’ but I’m not just ‘that girl,’ ” the 23-year-old former escort says in the new issue of PEOPLE, on sale Friday. “I have a lot of depth, a lot of layers.”
Enduring a media spotlight that included seeing her MySpace photos splashed on front pages “has been really hard,” the New Jersey native explains. “But I’m a survivor.” Continue reading