April 19, 2017

One Year Ago: The First State Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

One year ago today I joined Utah Governor Herbert and other allies at the historic signing of the first state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.

Dawn Hawkins (NCOSE) speaking at the Utah resolution signing ceremony

Since then, South Dakota and Arkansas have passed the resolution, and it is being considered right now in half a dozen additional states.

Even the Canadian Parliament passed a Motion to study the public health impacts of pornography.

The Israeli Knesset is considering formal statements, and New Zealand activists are petitioning their government to address the harms of pornography.

This public health resolution has sparked an international debate—talk about a domino effect.

Even the media has been covering the public health impacts of pornography. Time Magazine and many other prominent outlets are finally starting to recognize the research.

The GOP included language recognizing the harms of pornography in their party platform, and

many Democrats on Capitol Hill have agreed that this matter needs to be addressed. This is a bipartisan issue.

Do you feel the momentum I feel?

There are two ways you can keep the momentum going:

1) Share this blog with two friends to let them know that we are seeing exciting victories! We need to spread the news and get more people involved in our cause.

2) Contribute to our public health campaign to support efforts to educate more states and countries about the neurological, psychological, and sociological harms of pornography. Donate $10, $20, $30, or any amount you can.

We want to keep getting you results, and changing culture one step at a time!

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement.

As Executive Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a national strategy uniting conservative, women’s rights, child advocacy and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together raising awareness of the pandemic of harm from pornography. Her initiatives have led to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Verizon and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the harms of pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation and what can be done to curb the growing public health crisis resulting from pornography.

Prior to joining NCSE in February 2011, she was a volunteer working for several hours each week for Patrick Trueman, current president and CEO of NCSE. While volunteering for Mr. Trueman, she was employed by a political consulting firm helping businesses and political candidates utilize digital strategies to reach expansive audiences and raise funds. Her expertise in social networking and digital strategies contributed to the successful election of several high-profile candidates in the 2010 election cycle. Dawn has worked on a number of prominent political campaigns, including Marco Rubio for Senate in 2010 and Mitt Romney for President in 2008.

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and the homeless. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and two children in Virginia.

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