March 23, 2015

Major Victory: FCC Enforces Broadcast Decency after Eight Years

Today, for the first time in more than 8 years, The Federal Communications Commission began enforcing the federal law that prohibits profanity and indecency on broadcast TV.

This is a major victory – one that we have worked on for all those 8 years and much, much longer.  Despite more that 1,000,000 public complaints and two U.S. Supreme Court cases that upheld the decency federal law, the FCC has let foul language, partial nudity, and virtually anything else be broadcast even during what used to be called the “family hours” in early evening.

 

Indecency on TV sexualizes our children and prepares them to become participants in the pornified world that awaits them.  This is exactly why the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), has been a leader in the matter of TV indecency for more than 50 years

 

Today I thank FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and the other four Commissioners for their brave action, charging a TV station in Roanoke, Virginia for putting an actual porn clip on TV.  I believe this action is the start of something big and we will see the FCC much more active in protecting the airwaves.

 

We worked tirelessly with our friends at Parents Television Council, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family and numerous other groups for this victory.  We made it easy for thousands of you to make your voice heard. We met with key U.S. Senators, and with the FCC Commissioners themselves to get this victory and we filed legal briefs in the key court cases, all the way up to the Supreme Court. 

 

Most of all we want to thank YOU for making everything we do possible.  We have an aggressive plan to win and know we are backed up by YOU whenever and wherever we carry the fight! 

ACTIONS TODAY: 

1. Send a thank you note to the five FCC Commissioners right here:

2. Help continue these efforts! Give a tax-deductible gift to help fund this work today. 

3. Share news about this victory on your social media pages! Here’s our statement if you want to share that.  

 

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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