July 17, 2017

Progress Report: Meeting with the U.S. Department of Education, New Campaigns, and More

I have a sign in my office that says simply: “Communicate results.”

It’s meant to remind me to tell our supporters the good things we are accomplishing. Yet, things have been happening so fast this year that I find it difficult to honor that command.

So, here is a quick update on this last week:

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Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins, and a supporter activist outside the Department of Education.

Last week, we had an important meeting at the U. S. Department of Education on the problem of EBSCO and related companies supplying porn-filled databases to schoolchildren. EBSCO also sent us a letter last week and several emails telling us of numerous changes they made at our request to eliminate problematic material. We have hope for real progress on this front, to protect children in schools, but there is a lot of work ahead of us.

Last week, we also co-hosted a congressional briefing in the U.S. Capitol building titled, “Creating a World Without Exploitation.”

 

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Congressman Chris Smith attended and spoke about combating sex trafficking at the national briefing.

 

The room was at full capacity with standing room only, and Congressional staff from both sides of the aisle attended in order to learn more about the need to curb the normalization of buying sex from a prostituted or sex trafficked person. Learn more here.

We held the fourth in our Confronting Sexploitation Summer Seminar Series, which addressed the reasons prostitution is sexual exploitation, not “sex work.” These are lectures to a live audience in our office that are live-streamed to an audience that is averaging nearly 5000 views within 24 hours of the lecture. Learn more here.

A Comcast Vice President called me last week to inform that as a result of our campaign the company will no longer display the titles of its porn movie offerings in their program guide available to all viewing customers. Instead, titles will be behind a screen that requires several steps before one may view them. The descriptions of the videos will also be “sanitized.” This is progress but not sufficient for us and thus we launched a major social media and call-in campaign against Comcast this week. Learn more here.

We launched a major effort against the “Walmart of online gaming,” a company called Steam, because of two new games that are pornographic and available to children on the company’s website. Learn more here.

There is so much opportunity and progress in the fight for human dignity! Please join our cause by getting involved in the campaigns and events linked above, or by considering a donation to keep this momentum going.

Together, our voices are making a difference!

Patrick A. Trueman, Esq.

CEO & President

As president, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation through the Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project, educates executives, galvanizes public attention, and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.

On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition, which boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 41 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South American, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.

Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the United States Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago. He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children, Patrick, Claire, and Elizabeth.

 

 

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