Speaking Events

June 12, 2017   1:15 PM
28th Annual WV Addiction Training Institute, sponsored by the West Virginia University Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

Sex Work and Addiction

Alison Bass, the author of Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law , and an Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University, will talk about the link between sex work and addiction. For many sex workers, drug addiction precedes their involvement in commercial sex. Prostitution is a means of securing funds needed to maintain an already established drug habit. Some sex workers also turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to cope with the work they do. Research shows that laws criminalizing adult prostitution make it harder for sex workers to obtain treatment and protect themselves from physical harm. Bass will draw on the extensive research she did for her 2015 book for her talk at the 28th Annual West Virginnia Addiction Training Institute at the Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, WV.

Past Events

Oct. 7, 2016   5 PM
The American Association of University Women, Santa Rosa, CA

Sex Work and Law

Alison Bass, the author of Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law , and an Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University, will talk about the impact of U.S. laws that criminalize adult prostitution on the health and safety of sex workers and the community at large. She will discuss how the decriminalization of sex work in other countries have allowed women and men to better protect themselves from physical harm and sexually transmitted diseases. Bass will draw on the extensive research she did for her 2015 book for her talk to the Santa Rosa chapter of the American Association of University Women at the Rincon Valley Library in Santa Rosa.

Sept. 10, 2016  11 AM
The Real Truth about Health Conference, Orlando, Florida

The Public Health Argument for Decriminalizing Sex Work

Alison Bass is giving a keynote speech on the movement to decriminalize sex work in the U.S. at the The Real Truth for Health Conference

Bass, the author of Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law and an Assistant Professor of Journalism at West Virginia University, will discuss why laws that criminalize prostitution pose a health and safety hazard to sex workers and other women and how decriminalizing sex work would allow workers to better protect themselves from physical harm and sexually transmitted diseases. Bass will draw on the extensive research she did for her 2015 book for her talk.

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Previous Events for Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law

May 15, 2016: 5 p.m. Gender and Sexuality Center, California State University, Los Angeles, CA. Keynote speech

October 7, 2015: 7 p.m. Colson Hall at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.Book Launch

Oct. 12, 2015: 7 p.m. Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, MA. Panel discussion and book signing

October 13, 2015: 7 p.m. Newtonville Books, Newton, MA. Talk and signing

October 19, 2015: 7 p.m. Bluestockings Bookstore, New York City. Talk and signing

November 2, 2015: 6:30 p.m. Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, Washington, D.C. Talk and signing

November 3, 2015: 7:30 p.m. Red Emma’s Bookstore, Baltimore, MD Talk and signing

November 11, 2015 6:30 p.m. The Village at Heritage Point, Morgantown, WV Talk and signing

November 16, 2015: 7 p.m. Books Inc. in the Castro, San Francisco, CA. Talk and signing