I'm troubled when I find more than one article that states that this is the "only one of it's kind in the country" or the "sole program that offers these services" when that's not true. This program was started in 2009 and was founded by a survivor who does street outreach and provides also residential support for adult women. That said, the Mary Magdalene Project was founded in Los Angeles in 1980 and is still active today doing the same thing. It was not founded by a survivor - but they've had Sex Workers Anonymous support from 1987 until approximately 2000. Dignity in Phoenix was founded by a survivor for adult women and they've been operating since 1991. From about 1988 until 2000 - almost every Salvation Army and Catholic Charity had Sex Workers Anonymous survivors doing outreach, and running the meetings in their shelters. The Dream Center also has an outreach and program for adult women where they're located. So for them to have multiple listings of being the "sole" program of it's kind is not accurate - especially when used in fund raising. Especially when it causes "economic interference" with competitor programs. One article could be a misquote. I see that all the time. But multiple cases is an issue to think about. One has to wonder why someone would open a program to help alcoholics without an AA meeting or a Big Book. I'm the founder of Sex Workers Anonymous and I've never had even a conversation with the founder, nor have we sold any Recovery Guides to anyone in their program. Shame. We have a very high success rate. In my opinion it's a disservice to the women to not let them know about other services available. I'm aware of other programs because whatever we can't provide - I'll find the people who call our hotline which has been answered by a survivor since 1987 now. To me it's like a doctor putting out a shingle that he's a doctor when he's only had one year of medical school. If they're not aware of other programs that do exist, and research what other people are doing - how seriously are they taking the quality of services they're offering these women? What about transgenders and males? I just have concerns here.
Review from Guidestar