Exiting the Sex Industry

Outline of Recovery Course for women who exited the sex industry


The course will aim to support women who are still suffering from the effects of working in the sex industry by concentrating on their recovery from the emotional and mental abuse that they have been exposed to. Using a variety of exercises we will explore the dynamics and the underlying patterns of abuse prevalent in the industry and aim to shift the women’s perspective away from blame, guilt and shame. We will encourage the women to explore their own emotional needs, giving them the opportunity to understand what happened to them and therefore the chance to move on.

Target participants:  Women with personal experience of working in the sex industry but no longer working in the sex industry and now seeking to move forward.

Course Format – 6 Weekly 2hrs 30min sessions including a 20 min break.

    • Session 1 – Welcome and Making connections
    • Session 2 – Honouring our choices
    • Session 3 – Honouring our many Feelings
    • Session 4 – Understanding responsibility for Abuse
    • Session 5 – Importance of Self-Care
    • Session 6 – Celebrating how far we have come

General session structure:

  • Check-in
  • Theme
  • Discussion
  • Activities
  • Exercises
  • Meditation to end session

The course is usually taught weekly in a group setting.
The course can be adapted to be taught on an online platform with live interaction.

Each session (except the first) starts with a check-in where women have time to discuss if something came up from the session before they want to share or discuss.

Each session end with a meditation practice to ensure participants leave the group on a calm note.

The course is run by two facilitators with at least one of them having experience of working in the sex industry

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