Bishop supports drive to end violence towards sex workers
Recently appointed patron of the Jericho Road Project – which supports women affected by the adult sex industry – the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, The Rt Revd Paul Williams has made his first official engagement in the role.
Monday 17th December was the International Day to End Violence towards Sex Workers, and Bishop Paul joined some of the women and staff at a joint day of Reflection and Remembrance held at the Forest recreation community room.
“It was fantastic to have Bishop Paul’s support at Jericho Road and POW (Prostitutes Outreach Workers) joint day of Reflection and Remembrance, especially today,” said Project Manager, Julia Terry. “The idea arose following the murder of a sex worker earlier this year, but this space also allowed women to grieve loved ones and family members.
“Bishop Paul spoke to the women and members of JRP, POW, and the police – sharing how Christmas is often when we miss those we have lost but that Christmas is also a time of hope through the birth of Jesus, God’s Son.”
Bishop Paul said: “ It was inspiring to meet such dedicated staff and volunteers from POW and Jericho Road, also some of the precious clients they care for and serve who shared with me some deeply moving parts of their story of life. It is so important that the Church continues to be a key partner with others in working for the end of Violence against Sex Workers.”
Large group photo : Diana Blaj (migrant outreach worker POW); Sgt Paul Whitehead (Prostitution Task Force and Street Engagement Team; Bishop Pau;. Julia Terry Project manager JRP; Kay Wainman Chair of Trustees JRP; Sue Clark Treasurer /Trustee initial co-founder of JRP.