Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization changed its name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.
Our Mission: Defend human dignity and advocate for the universal right of sexual justice, which is freedom from sexual exploitation, objectification, and violence.
Our Vision: All individuals have a right to be free from the effects of pornography and all other forms of sexual exploitation.
Areas of Concentration:
- Pornography: Public Health Harms and Prosecution of Illegal Pornographers
- Sex Trafficking of Adults and Children
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Child-on-Child Sexual Abuse
- Child Sexual Abuse Images (i.e., child pornography)
- Sexual Objectification
- Sexual Coercion
- Sexual Assault and Violence
- Military Sexual Harassment and Violence
- Violence Against Women
- Sexual Addictions and Compulsivity
- Sexually Oriented Businesses
- Safe Schools and Libraries
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) got its start in 1962 in the Yorkville neighborhood of New York City as an interfaith effort to counter pornography. “Operation Yorkville” as it was then called soon took its efforts national and the name was changed to “Morality in Media” (MIM).
For the last five decades, NCOSE has led legal efforts to curb exploitation (with a focus on traffic in obscenity), to change public policies that foster exploitation and to educate citizens and leaders on the public health crisis resulting from a pornified culture.
NCOSE is looked to as the leader who empowers the movement against sexual exploitation. As director of the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, more than 280 national, state and local leaders from a variety of perspectives and disciplines have joined together to work on implementing a public health approach to overcome the many harms associated with exploitation.
NCOSE directs national awareness campaigns to educate the public on the consequences of pornography and help people find resources to aid in their struggles. NCOSE also maintains a research website that compiles peer-reviewed data on this public health issue.