Policy makers can not continue to ignore the importance of sex workers in our society – from the horrors of sex trafficking to the beauty of Rachel’s work – what more evidence is required?
I am just so happy to see a genuine group of people taking the needs of people with disabilities with so much care, and honesty. I worked with people with CP, and found a new way of looking at the world, a world in which I could make a difference for people with special needs. I applaud this lovely lady Rachel, for bringing a much needed ray of light into society. I feel very proud to have been part of a group, some years ago in NSW, who volunteered their time, to transport people with disabilities, to a wonderful establishment in Sydney, for the purpose of fulfilling the needs of able bodied people, who could avail themselves of pleasures they need.
This establishment ” A Touch of Class”, and I can honestly say, it was just that.
Watched the program and think Rachel is providing an excellent service. My brother has Down Syndrome and I know he is a loving person with sexual needs. I would like to assist him but I am concerned that he would “fall in love” with a sex worker for their care and attention to his needs. How could I explain it is just a service and not a romantic relationship? I will have to persue this further. Thanks for opening up this topic.
Saw the documentary on SBS last night. Thank you Rachel and all at Touching Base for your ministry.
This might seem a strange word here, but as a priest in the Anglican Church, I recognise the gift that you are sharing with the marginalised and the voiceless/unheard.
Of course your work is controversial in the light of conventional Christian sexual morality, and I’m uncomfortable with aspects of it. But we need to engage with what makes us uncomfortable – so keep pushing those boundaries, and keep up the dialogue.
I recently attended a church service where people were ordained as deacons – from the ancient Greek word diakonis, for service. And in the sermon the preacher gave an illustration of washing a “less attractive” disabled boy’s feet (like Jesus did with his disciples), drying them and rubbing a nice smelling lotion on them. When she looked up, she was stunned by the transforming look of bliss on the boy’s face – and recognised the presence of God in this moment. A wonderful parallel to Rachel & company’s work.
So keep on helping others to celebrate the body God has given them, and thank you for keeping them in touch with community.
I saw the documentary last night and was amazed, this was an issue I’d never thought about before. Touching Base is a fantastic initiative and I hope you get all the credit you deserve!
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