The Problem

The U.S. Military has a serious pornography problem, and is doing next to nothing to combat it. Now, we are seeing the consequences with 70+ reported sexual assaults a day in our nation’s armed services and a growing culture accepting of sexual exploitation even in the top ranks. Research shows a strong link between pornography and increased sexual violence, as well as the objectification of women and other damage to relationships

We receive a steady stream of comments from servicemen and women and their spouses regarding the widespread availability of pornography in the U.S. Military, especially while on deployments overseas. In addition, The Military Honor and Decency Act requires the U.S. Department of Defense to remove all sexually explicit materials sold or rented by the exchange services, commissaries and the U.S. Navy ships’ stores. However, the Department of Defense allows pornographic magazines to be sold.

The goal of this effort is to help change the current sexually hostile culture in the military. We call on the Department of Defense to stop the sale of pornography on military exchanges, as well as for the military to adopt a policy that prohibits access to pornography on all military bases.

The Laws

The Military Honor and Decency Act requires the U.S. Department of Defense to remove all sexually explicit materials sold or rented by the exchange services, commissaries and U.S. Navy ships’ stores, DOD allows many pornographic magazines to be sold.

Federal obscenity laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice refuses to currently enforce, prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops.

Learn more about the laws


Get Involved

Petition: Military Should be Porn-Free Zone

Help us contact the Joint Chiefs of Staff to ask that all U.S. Military schools and bases be porn-free zones.

Fax your Member of Congress

Send a fax to your elected representatives asking them to pressure the Department of Defense to remove porn from all U.S. Military bases.

Contact Congress and the President

Share your STORY

Personal stories help elected and business leaders to see the grave harm associated with this material and can be very helpful in getting them to change their policies. All will be shared anonymously. Please email your story to

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