Don’t let Strip Clubs take over: Join the Legal Fight

by 'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

Don’t let Strip Clubs take over: Join the Legal Fight

by 'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition
'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition
We are women, men and human rights groups who have had enough of strip clubs taking over our communities.
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Latest: June 21, 2018

Sheffield Shame

Shocking decision by Sheffield City Council to yet again re-license Spearmint Rhino strip club despite 145 objections,  damning testimony vs the club by Sammy Woodhouse (called a 'liar'...

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We are fighting for councils around the country to properly implement the law and give communities real control over strip clubs. And we need your support.  

The front line for ensuring that councils consider the negative impact on women and gender equality in the community right now is Sheffield where there is no limit on the number of strip clubs that can be opened. One women, Irene, is the claimant we are all supporting in a legal fight against the council with a strip club operator as an interested party.

This case will have ramifications for councils and communities everywhere.


We are supporting Irene's legal action against Sheffield Council to force them to consider the negative impact on all women and gender equality of their unlimited strip club policy. The strip industry has deep pockets and powerful legal teams to bully their way into communities around the country. So we are asking women and men everywhere to come together and help fund this legal action. Please contribute to our fund and share now. 


We have been granted permission to have our case heard at trial!

A High Court judge has agreed that our case is of public importance and it is in the public interest to have it heard in court. 

Having considered our argument - that the negative impact on all women and the wider impact on gender equality should have been part of the strip club policy formulation process - and those of both the Council and Spearmint Rhino, the court said we have an arguable case that should be heard at a judicial review trial.

This a huge victory and means we are a big step closer to changing the way councils approach licensing strip clubs and making sure that considering both the negative impact on women and the potentially devastating impact on gender equality in the wider community is part of all decision making in this area. 

But we need your help to get there.  

Who are we?

We are a coalition of ordinary women and men and human rights groups deeply concerned about the impact of strip clubs that are popping up in towns and cities across the country. Spearheaded by pressure group Not Buying It, it includes the The Fawcett Society, Southall Black Sisters and Glasgow Women’s Aid alongside hundreds of activists, victims of male violence, elected officials and sex trade survivors including an ex-lap dancer.

We are united by our belief that the negative impact on women and gender inequality across communities must be considered when policies about strip clubs are created. 

This shouldn’t just be a question for women working in the clubs, female customers or vulnerable people - it should be a question about how strip clubs negatively impact women's lives everyday and destabilise the gender equality of communities.

Why is this case so important?

In 2010, many of us came together to change the law to stop strip clubs being licensed like leisure venues - like a coffee shop. New laws were passed that were intended to provide protections to communities when strip clubs were proposed. The reality is this law is simply not being implemented properly. 

In deciding on a policy with no limit on the number of strip clubs, Sheffield have said that they only have to consider the impact on women working in the club, women customers or "vulnerable people" in the local area. In fact the Council has a legal duty to consider the negative impact on all women when deciding on a policy like this.  

The case is also important because the Council has ignored a lot of relevant evidence about the negative impact on women, in favour of very thin evidence about the risk of lap dancing being 'driven underground' if it doesn't license clubs. If the judge at trial agrees with us that Sheffield's approach was wrong, this will help future councils to get it right when considering their policies and individual applications for licenses.


How much are we raising and why? 

Judicial reviews are an expensive process and the other parties have almost unlimited funds. 

The Claimant, Irene, who is bringing this case on behalf of women everywhere, is being represented by discrimination specialists Louise Whitfield of Deighton Pierce Glynn and Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers who are working at significantly reduced rates. Initially we need to raise £10,000, however, as the case proceeds we will likely have to raise more money to cover all costs so our stretch target is £30,000. 


Please contribute what you can but most importantly share this page with your friends, colleagues and family to let them know why this case is so important to our communities.

Update 7

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

June 21, 2018

Sheffield Shame

Shocking decision by Sheffield City Council to yet again re-license Spearmint Rhino strip club despite 145 objections,  damning testimony vs the club by Sammy Woodhouse (called a 'liar' by club management) & their view that tackling discrimination & victimisation appears to mean putting disabled ramps in. 

Read all about it Here

 Oh and the Council didn't bother to tell us of this decision, we found out through tweets from lap dancers at the club.

If you're as outraged as us donate to the crowd funder & put strip clubs in the docks: www.notbuyingit.org.uk/Legal 

Update 6

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

June 18, 2018

YES! Min Target Reached!

MINIMUM TARGET REACHED!

YES ! We've reached our Minimum £10K target! That means we can now keep all the funds raised!

 A HUGE Thank You to everyone who has donated! 

And if you haven't, you still can - any further funds raised means our long suffering lawyers won't be working for the minimum wage!



Update 5

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

June 15, 2018

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

4 DAYS TO RAISE £2K .. OR WE DON’T KEEP ANY OF THE FUNDS ALREADY RAISED

If everyone reading this could chip in £10 or Share with 5 Friends, we will make it!

Please Donate and Share here: www.notbuyingit.org.uk/Legal

Thank you So much

Update 4

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

June 11, 2018

Campaign on Sunday Politics Show

Campaign partners - MPs, rights groups and former lap dancers - explain why it needs to be Times Up for lap dancing. Watch & Share!


Update 3

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

June 3, 2018

We're Meeting the Home Office!

We are thrilled that dynamite campaigner and celebrity (with frequent appearances on ‘Loose Women’), Sammy Woodhouse, has asked us to join her at her meeting with the Home Office over the failings in strip club licensing.


Sammy didn’t just survive the Rotherham child abuse scandal, she blew the whistle on it. And, having also experienced the strip industry, actively campaigns against sexual exploitation. She is calling for children coerced into committing crimes by child groomers to be pardoned (‘Sammy’s Law’).


Check out her incredible book ‘Just A Child’


And email us to join our newsletter to be kept posted of further developments!





Update 2

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

May 24, 2018

Half Way There! Thank you All!

Yes! We are well over half way there and have a date set in Leeds High Court for 28th June!

So please keep spreading the word. Please keep those donations coming. And .. see you in Court soon!

Update 1

'Time's Up for Strip Clubs' Coalition

May 5, 2018

Say 'No' to the Rhino

A huge thank you to everyone who has donated and shared. We are nearly 1/4 of the way to our £10K minimum target to take the case all the way to the High Court!. And it has been covered in over half a dozen local and national press!


But we need to hit that £10K or we will have to pull out. 


So please, please keep on sharing the page here. We need to get as many visitors to the page as we can!


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In the midst of all this, Sheffield City Council is considering the annual re-licensing of its one current club, the notorious Spearmint Rhino chain. If you fancy a spot of campaigning, visit our site here to download our model letter and put in an objection. You have the right to object even if you are not local!

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