The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is dedicated to changing policies that facilitate sexual exploitation, to educating and empowering the public, and to leading the greater movement to address the public health crisis of pornography and the seamless connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. To learn more about NCOSE, visit our about page here.
NCOSE was founded in 1962 to combat the growing pandemic of harm from pornography and to sound the alarm that many other forms of sexual exploitation would increase unless something was done about pornography.
Known as Morality In Media for more than 50 years, MIM changed its name to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.
The mission and vision of MIM and NCOSE remain the same as ever!
Our Mission: Opposing sexual exploitation. Defending human dignity.
Our Vision: All individuals have a right to be free from the effects of pornography and all other forms of sexual exploitation.
To learn more about our history, please click here.
NCOSE does not promote religion and works through a public health approach to educate on the scientifically proven harms of exploitation. Founded in 1962, this organization was launched by an interfaith group of clergy: Father Morton A. Hill, Father Constantine Volaitis, Rabbi Julius Neumann, and Reverend Robert W. Wiltenberg.
There is a lot that you can do!
- See what our current action alerts are and participate! Find them here. You can also find lots of actions at our #EndExploitation Action Center here.
- This is an expensive battle. Make a contribution here to keep these efforts going.
- Volunteer! Some of our needs are listed here.
- Protect your home and family. Visit our Resource Center for some helpful ideas.
- Learn about the harms of pornography and add your voice to ours! Speak up about the harms.
Pornography; sex trafficking of adults and children; sexualization of children; sexual assault, violence, and coercion (rape); child pornography; child sexual abuse; commercialization of sex (prostitution, strip clubs, etc.); violence against women; sexual addictions and compulsivity; and sexually oriented businesses.
Consent occurs on a spectrum, and most consent gained from victims of exploitation is done through force, fraud, and/or coercion. Rarely do those being exploited truly give informed consent. This is where the person consenting has a full understanding of what they are agreeing to, the consequences, and the potential risks. Abuse of power or taking advantage of someone’s vulnerability, whether or not they said “yes,” is exploitation. One may consent and still be sexually exploited, as in the case of a porn model. The motives of the exploiter must be considered.
Obscenity is not legal, however the U.S. Attorney General refuses to enforce these obscenity laws. Learn more about these laws here.
Pornography exploits both the performers and viewers. The performers give dubious amounts of consent, often qualifying as sex trafficking victims, where their bodies are commoditized and abuse on the job is the norm. Research shows that pornography has lead to a shift in neurological and psychological development of viewers. Most people are first exposed to porn as children, and are unable to naturally form their own sexual template outside of porn’s influence.
America is suffering an untreated public health crisis of pornography. Some of the harms of pornography include:
- Adults are developing life-long addictions or dependencies, and children are especially vulnerable to dependency;
- Pornography is linked to decreases in brain matter in the area of the brain associated with reward processing, decision-making, and motivation;
- Pornography contributes to the burgeoning demand for trafficked and prostituted men, women, and children in the U.S.;
- Pornography is significantly linked to increases in sexual violence and aggression;
- There is increased demand for child pornography because adult-porn users are finding that they are no longer satisfied with adult images;
- A significant number of American children are seeing hardcore pornography before they reach puberty;
- There are increasing reports of porn-induced sexual dysfunction;
- 56% of divorces cite Internet pornography as a major factor in the breakup of the marriage.
Learn more about the harms at http://www.PornHarmsResearch.com.
Yes. For decades, the battle to protect individuals and families from pornography’s devastating effects has been fought on moral and religious grounds. Today, however, we can more easily fight pornography using scientific and sociological data. We now have access to a wealth of credible, peer-reviewed, scientific research that demonstrates the effects of pornography, specifically the actual physical changes to the brain. In addition, twenty years into the Internet Age, more and more of our nation’s citizens are coming forth as personal examples of the explicit harm caused by pornography. Learn about some of the many harms at our research aggregate site: www.PornHarmsResearch.com and read some personal experiences here.
Yes. NCOSE is the leading national organization opposing all forms of sexual exploitation and partners with many other national, state and local groups who work to combat the harms of pornography (and all forms of exploitation) as well. NCOSE directs the now international Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation and annually hosts world-wide Summits where many of these leaders come together for training, strategy, and networking.
Please visit NCOSE’s website EndExploitationMovement.com where we have tried to list many others who are allies in this fight!
You can also see a great list of other groups at our Resource Center.
Find a brief explanation of child pornography at the U.S. Department of Justice’s website here.
Yes. Social and scientific research shows that pornography leads to a plethora of harms. It is our goal to help educate people about these harms.
Definition of Pornography:
The term “pornography” is a generic, not a legal term. As noted by the Supreme Court in the landmark 1973 obscenity case, Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, 20, n.2, the term “pornography” derives from the Greek (harlot, and graphos, writing). The word now means “1: a description of prostitutes or prostitution 2. a depiction (as in a writing or painting) of licentiousness or lewdness: a portrayal of erotic behavior designed to cause sexual excitement.” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary [Unabridged 1969])
Definition of Obscenity:
The term “obscenity” is a legal term, and in Miller v. California, the Supreme Court established a three-pronged test for determining whether a “work” (i.e., material or a performance) is obscene and therefore unprotected by the First Amendment. To be obscene, a judge and/or a jury must determine: First, that the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; AND second, that the work depicts or describes in a patently offensive way, as measured by contemporary community standards, “hardcore” sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable law; AND third, that a reasonable person would find that the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political and scientific value. (NOTE: Typical “hardcore pornography” [e.g., a website, DVD or magazine] consists of little if anything more than one depiction of hardcore sex after the other [i.e., it’s “wall-to-wall” sex].)
The United Nations defines human trafficking in Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons as:
“the recruitment … by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion,… of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services…”
The U.S. Department of Justice instructs you to forward unwanted or deceptive messages to:
- the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the complete spam email.
- your ISP’s abuse desk. At the top of the message, state that you’re complaining about being spammed.
- the sender’s ISP. Most ISPs want to cut off spammers who abuse their system. Again, make sure to include the entire spam email and say that you’re complaining about spam.
If you try to unsubscribe from an email list and your request is not honored, file a complaint with the FTC, tagged with:
Report it to your local police and FBI office. Also report it to the Cyber Tipline with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as to the FBI headquarters.
Paying for daily operations (rent, phone, Internet, etc.); for a highly motivated and qualified staff; to manage our websites and keep them secure; printing and distributing of materials; getting the word out in the media; and for the resources needed to continue our many aggressive campaigns. These campaigns can be seen at our Current Projects page.
Yes. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are fully tax-deductible.