Science and research now show a wide range of harm caused by pornography, including direct links to increased demand for sex trafficking, child sexual exploitation and violence against women. Pornography affects the developing brains and shapes the sexual templates of children. It also contributes to the rise in sexual dysfunction now experienced by many young men and can be tied to the normalization of dangerous sexual behaviors. It is time to address the public health crisis resulting from pornography.
National Center on Sexual Exploitation hosted an influential symposium right in the U.S. Capitol building on July 14, 2015, presenting compelling research and arguments about the public health crisis from pornography, specifically how pornography fuels sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence. The room was packed to the maximum capacity with representatives from Congress and other influential government leaders, along with members of the press, leaders in the movement, and the general public. The room was overflowing to the point that we regretfully had to turn some people away, which proves that we are at a turning point on this issue. Nearly everyone has been affected and many are looking for leadership on how to turn the tide.
Video of the packed July 14, 2015 Symposium at the U.S. Capitol:
Members of Congress
- Recognize that there is a public health crisis.
- Request and organize Congressional Hearings on this topic.
- Encourage vigorous enforcement of all laws prohibiting sexual exploitation, including adult obscenity laws which prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, in hotels/motels, in retail shops and by common carrier.
- Issue a public statement about pornography as a public health crisis, or as a factor driving other forms of sexual exploitation. Ideas include: Give NCSE a quote to share, write an op-ed, include in a speech, make a short video statement
- Keep these facts in mind as new legislation is created. Try to work in the issue of pornography in efforts to curb demand for sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation.
- Explore the “opt-in” option in the framework of U.S. law and encourage U.S. Internet providers to adopt such policies.
- Investigate how pornography effects and influences sexual violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other forms of sexual exploitation when covering these issues.
- Contact your elected representatives in Congress to request a hearing on this issue. Send an email here.
- Write and submit letters to the editor of your local newspapers about this issue, mentioning the need for a Congressional hearing.
- Urge that laws prohibiting sexual exploitation be enforced. Some details about obscenity laws here.
Click on the presentation titles to download a PDF version of the speakers’ remarks.
Sharon Cooper, MD, FAAP
Development and Forensic Pediatrics
Former President and CEO
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
Melissa Farley, Ph.D.
Prostitution Research & Education
Gail Dines, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Donald Hilton, MD
University of Texas
Mary Anne Layden, Ph.D.
Director, Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program Center for Cognitive Therapy
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
Cordelia Anderson, MA
Sensibilities Prevention Services
Activist & Father of kidnap victim, Elizabeth Smart
Director of Prevention and Rehabilitation for Operation Underground Railroad (OUR)
Vice President & Executive Director
National Center on Sexual Exploitation
Host & Moderator
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