December 6, 2017

TIME’s Person of the Year and Breaking the Silence About Our Pornified Culture

TIME Magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” their 2017 Person of the Year, after months of some of the most powerful men in our society meeting their downfall following allegations of sexual harassment or assault. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauds all of the women and men who have come forward to share their experiences of sexual exploitation, and calls for greater attention to the harms of pornography.

Every man who has sexually exploited women is responsible for his actions. But if the current culture is going to change, we must address the harmful media messages that normalize predatory behavior. For example, in mainstream pornography we find that 88% of popular scenes depict violence against women, and that the women are coached to respond either neutrally or with expressions of pleasure.

If we truly want to uproot sexual harassment and assault in our society, we need to break the silence about exploitation in our workplaces, our communities, and on our computer screens

The #MeToo movement, and now TIME’s decision to make the Silence Breakers the 2017 POY, have shattered the illusion that women are powerless against sexual exploitation at the hands of coercive or powerful men in their workplaces and communities.

In this context, it’s incumbent upon us to usher in an era of societal transformation based on true cultural change and based on an awareness of the harms of sexually exploitive imagery online and in the media.

To learn more about the connection between pornography consumption and sexual harassment and assault, visit http://www.endsexualexploitation.org/publichealth.

Haley Halverson

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley Halverson is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and more. She is the host of the “Sexploitation?” podcast and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internship experiences in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Post, USA Today, BBC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, the Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

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