Coventry City Council is consulting on a ‘nil’ policy for Sex Entertainment Venues (for example lap dancing clubs). This would mean that Council policy would be to not allow SEVs in Coventry.
The consultation is at http://www.coventry.gov.uk/sevconsultation2012
Coventry Women’s Voices is in favour of a nil policy, which we called for when the Council originally consulted on this issue last year.
Coventry Women’s Voices believes that Sex Entertainment Venues, and the culture they help foster, damage equality and provide a ‘conducive context’ for violence against women
Coventry already has one of the highest incidents of rape in the country  and our members are extremely concerned about the safety of women working in, or in the vicinity of SEVs. Data from Avon and Somerset Police has shown that in a two year period sexual and violent crime increased by 82% within a 50 metre radius of Sex Entertainment Venues in Bristol compared to 45% in the rest of the city centre.
In particular we are concerned that.
· Lap dancing clubs have a negative impact on women’s safety in the vicinity.
· Lap dancing clubs make women in the area feel unsafe and uncomfortable
· Women working in lap dancing clubs are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation
Our full response to the Council consultation is attached as is our previous response from the consultation last year.
We would like to encourage as many women as possible who are concerned about the impact Sex Entertainment Venues will have on the safety and wellbeing of women in Coventry to respond to the consultation.
We know that the Council will be judging this consultation at least in part on the number of responses it receives – it is important to make your voice heard.
You don’t need to be an expert on Sex Entertainment Venues – lots of women are simply giving their personal response, for example talking about how unsafe lap dancing clubs make them feel. As you will see from the consultation questionnaire most of the questions are tick box and there isn’t much opportunity to give detailed responses anyway.
If you wish to give a more detailed response you may find the following websites helpful: