Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement.

As Executive Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a national strategy uniting conservative, women’s rights, child advocacy and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together raising awareness of the pandemic of harm from pornography. Her initiatives have led to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Verizon and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the harms of pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation and what can be done to curb the growing public health crisis resulting from pornography.

Prior to joining NCSE in February 2011, she was a volunteer working for several hours each week for Patrick Trueman, current president and CEO of NCSE. While volunteering for Mr. Trueman, she was employed by a political consulting firm helping businesses and political candidates utilize digital strategies to reach expansive audiences and raise funds. Her expertise in social networking and digital strategies contributed to the successful election of several high-profile candidates in the 2010 election cycle. Dawn has worked on a number of prominent political campaigns, including Marco Rubio for Senate in 2010 and Mitt Romney for President in 2008.

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and the homeless. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and two children in Virginia.

Articles by Dawn Hawkins

Boys and Men Suffer, Too. It’s Time to Give Them a Voice.

Two years ago, I spoke at a press conference on the sexual objectification of girls through mainstream mediums like Cosmopolitan Magazine. I returned to the office high on adrenaline from a successful and well-covered event and then got two calls that changed my perspective greatly. THE PHONE CALLS The first was a young man in […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Cosmopolitan Magazine

Teen Vogue pushing Anal Sex to young girls

While many parents think of Teen Vogue as just a fashion magazine, we have a big warning for you. Teen Vogue is giving your kids sex advice. In their latest article, “Anal Sex: What You Need to Know,” featured on the front page of their website for days and printed in their June 2017 edition, […]

Issue: Objectification

UPDATE: VICTORY! Moms speaking out against Amazon selling Erotica Book with Child on Cover

Update 11:00 pm: After one day of social media madness, Mama on a Mission led lots of other upset mothers (myself included) to send complaints to Amazon. IT WORKED! They removed the post. The author has even removed all images and promotion of the book from her websites, too. Together, we can make a difference […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

VICTORY! Disney to remove sex trafficking scene in Pirates of the Caribbean Rides

Disney is finally recognizing the need to stop joking about and glamorizing human sex trafficking. They announced that they will remove the scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride where women are tied up, crying, and are being auctioned off while men are jeering at them, yelling “We wants the redhead!” The National Center […]

Issue: Sex Trafficking

SAFETY TIP – Apple’s Guided Access

Like most moms of toddlers, I have discovered that handing my busy or nearly melting down three-year-old my phone for a few minutes can be a total lifesaver when in a pinch. But, I also realize that there are an untold number of dangers when handing it to him with no restrictions. Somehow, instinctively, he knows […]

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What you should know about popular app Musical.ly

Thanks to our friends at Protect Young Minds for making us aware of the dangers of the super popular (and pretty fun) app, Musical.ly. This lip-syncing app has become very popular among preteens and teens. But, as with all social media, it comes with its share of dangers. DANGER #1 on Musically: It is common to […]

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This Month Only: You Can Double Your Contribution To Defending Human Dignity

I am so honored to work at NCOSE, for two reasons: 1) because of our incredible legacy of success and 2) because of partners like you. Legacy of Success Over the years, we’ve worked tirelessly to defend human dignity from all forms of sexual exploitation and to expose the public health crisis of pornography. We’ve […]

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REPORT: Fighting Exploitation in Budapest

I just returned from a week in Budapest, Hungary where I got to speak at three different events about the harms of pornography and its connection to other forms of sexual exploitation. It was quite a moving experience! Some of you know that my journey in fighting sexual exploitation actually began because of the year […]

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One Year Ago: The First State Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

One year ago today I joined Utah Governor Herbert and other allies at the historic signing of the first state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. Since then, South Dakota and Arkansas have passed the resolution, and it is being considered right now in half a dozen additional states. Even the Canadian Parliament passed […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Fox News Tried to Normalize Pornography, Now It’s Being Called Out

Fox News published a slanted article claiming pornography can make you a better romantic partner. This is, of course, contrary to reliable research. As a side note: in addition to recently discussing the “benefits” of pornography, Fox News has a long history of profiting from hyper-sexualized ads placed along the side bars, and elsewhere, on […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Pornography in our Schools! A New Culprit

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is blowing the whistle on a major problem of pornography in our K-12 schools! NCOSE has long been involved in the fight to protect America’s youth from pornography and sexual exploitation in our school system. Until recently, we thought one of the biggest problems was that the schools either […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List: EBSCO

VIDEO: How Kids Are Being Exposed to Porn in Schools

Watch Our Video About EBSCO Here: UPDATE: EBSCO executives contacted NCOSE the evening of February 21st and have shared that they are concerned about the explicit and pornographic content accessible via their database and that they are actively working to develop new algorithms and better filtering systems. While EBSCO remains on the Dirty Dozen List […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

VICTORIES: Public Health Resolution Scoring Unanimous Support

Yesterday, the resolution we drafted recognizing pornography as a public health crisis was introduced in subcommittee in the state of Virginia by VA Delegate Bob Marshall and it passed UNANIMOUSLY! We are especially excited because most folks expected this to be shot down, but even the committee members agreed that the testimony from two of […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

The New Administration & Combatting Sexploitaiton

EVENT ALERT The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is hosting an online press conference Monday, January 30 at 1:00 PM ET to outline policy recommendations to Congress and the new administration. Watch the press conference on NCOSE’s Facebook page. [UPDATED – Video Uploaded Here.] For the last 7 years, we at NCOSE have worked hard to make sure officials […]

2016 Presidential Candidate Survey on Sexual Exploitation

Amazon Exploitation Alert: Alexa spouting off porn to kids

Many are excited about Amazon’s Alexa, a voice service that acts as a personal assistant. Alexa answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, provides sports scores and schedules, orders Ubers and pizza, controls your lights, and so much more to help make your life easier and more connected. Sadly, though, a young boy recently asked […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Amplify Your Voice This Giving Tuesday

Last year, around this time, one of our supporters wrote us this touching note: I’m so grateful for your voice in this movement, and I’m proud that the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) can act as a megaphone amplifying your desire to defend human dignity on the national stage. Can you help us make […]

We Have So Many Reasons to be Thankful

I love Thanksgiving. It is a poignant opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and to reflect on the blessings of the past year. This year more than ever I am grateful for you. Thank you for your time, your energy, your donations, and your heart. Your dedication to defending human dignity inspires and emboldens me! […]

600 Leaders Just Met in Trinidad to Discuss Solutions

I am just returning to the office following our incredible Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit. Although, it was nearly three weeks ago, I am still feeling incredibly hopeful. There is a movement to end exploitation and our efforts to bring leaders together and engage them on united efforts have undoubtedly galvanized this shift. We […]

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Pornography Fuels The Myth That Some Victims of Sexual Assault “Ask For It”

I want to take this opportunity to scream from the rooftops about the excuses I hear over and over again in the media from abusers and judgmental onlookers who think a sexual abuse victim was “asking for it.” CIRCUMSTANCES NEVER EXCUSE ONE’S CHOICE TO VIOLATE THE DIGNITY OF ANOTHER. The coed says yes, and then […]

Issue: College

The GOP is Moving to Declare Pornography a Public Health Crisis

The debate on the harms of pornography has officially hit the national political stage. Tuesday, the Republican National Committee affirmed an amendment to its platform declaring pornography a public health crisis. The full draft of the platform will be sent to the floor of the convention next week. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation commends […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

The Dignity Defense Alliance: How to Make a Difference Every Month

Taking the $10 billion per year pornography industry head on isn’t easy.  The good news is, you and I ARE making a difference. We’ve proven that. One way we’ve made a difference is through our aggressive Dirty Dozen List. Through this project, we’ve convinced companies like Google, YouTube, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, Facebook, Verizon, Hyatt Hotels and more […]

Standing for Dignity at the White House Summit on “The United State of Women”

This week I had the opportunity to attend the White House Summit on “The United State of Women” held in DC. This represents a significant step forward in our efforts to expose the impact of pornography on individuals, families, and culture, and efforts to connect the dots between all forms of exploitation. A few of […]

Issue: Sexual Violence

Proof our Libraries have a Porn Problem

I got a call a couple of years back from an upset mom who happened to be from my hometown in Colorado. Her young son was exposed to pornography at the library and in response, the librarians said that the American Library Association had recommended to all libraries across the country that they not provide […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: American Library Association

A Review of 2015 at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Watch Video Here: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had an amazing year! We changed our name earlier this year which has helped to increase our effectiveness.  Despite this change, we continue to uphold our original mission: to address the public health crisis of pornography and to expose the links between all forms of […]

Issue: Objectification

Our New Logo

As you likely know, earlier this year we changed our name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to better describe our organization’s scope and mission (which remains the same as it has always been). Now, we are excited to unveil our new logo. The logo for the National Center on […]

Young eyes should be shielded from Cosmo’s porn, says group

By Bill Bumpas Wednesday, May 13, 2015 One News Now An organization fighting against pornography is calling on retailers to stop selling Cosmopolitan magazine and wrap the cover to protect children from becoming exposed to its pornographic content. The magazine claims that it targets adult women. However, Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, […]

2015 Dirty Dozen

Hope for a Pornified World, Invisible Men, & Soft Core Porn’s Surprising Effects

Can there really be hope in a pornified world? Sadly, pornography is tearing at the moral fabric of America and threatens our nation, and indeed the world, in many ways. National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s President, Patrick Trueman reminds others that there is still hope and help in his keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference in […]

Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Exploitation of Boys and Men

Report: Who Are the Nation’s Worst Sexual Exploiters?

Monday, May 11, 2015 Newsmax You Might Be Surprised, But There Are Some Victories, Too What does sexual exploitation have to do with pornography? Everything, according to the Project of Morality in Media and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Violent sexual crimes against women, and the demand for prostituted and sex-trafficked women are a […]

2015 Dirty Dozen

Dirty Dozen Progress: Hilton Hotels

We were invited to Hilton Hotel’s headquarters yesterday to discuss removing them from the Dirty Dozen List.  We are happy to share that there is significant progress being made on the part of Hilton to get out of the pornography business.  Their representative told us that they have received 1,000 calls, emails, and letters a […]

2015 Dirty Dozen: Hilton

VIDEO: National Movement Update

I recently gave a keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference (which had over 1,500 people in attendance!) to update the attendees on what is happening in the national movement. They were kind enough to record it and I want to share it with you. There are incredible victories lately. So many doors […]

Personal: Speaking Up

What’s Really Inside Cosmopolitan Magazine

Dawn Hawkins Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Breitbart If you’ve ever spent time at a convenience or grocery store, you glanced at one of the checkout line staples: Cosmopolitan magazine. With its brightly colored covers splashed with phrases like “The Craziest Sex Tips We’ve Ever Tried” or “How to Make Him Feel More Pleasure,” and its photos of […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

1 in 10 Kids Fear They Are Addicted

A new study recently just came out that is alarming to even me and I’m immersed in these facts every day. The NSPCC ChildLine survey found that a tenth of 12 to 13-year-olds shared that they are fearful of being “addicted” to pornography. 1/10 of these young boys and girls are saying that they think they have a problem with pornography!

Issue: Pornography Harms

VICTORY: American Apparel changes policies

What once was a business that exploited women in their ads and even in their corporate office, has now made huge strides to reform the culture of their brand. Today, we are happy to report that we instigated positive changed and progress for the controversial retailer, American Apparel. This is the result of efforts from […]

2015 Dirty Dozen

Major Victory: FCC Enforces Broadcast Decency after Eight Years

Today, for the first time in more than 8 years, The Federal Communications Commission began enforcing the federal law that prohibits profanity and indecency on broadcast TV. This is a major victory – one that we have worked on for all those 8 years and much, much longer.  Despite more that 1,000,000 public complaints and […]

FCC Watch on Decency

Slick Marketing, Fawning Media send ‘Fifty Shades’ to Record

Washington, DC – “ Fifty Shades of Grey’s” $81.7 million dollar domestic box office record is the result of the media firestorm and a slick, deceptive marketing campaign by Universal Pictures, which peaked the American public’s curiosity to see the film. The film is not the love story it was advertised to be. Rather, as the millions who flocked to the film learned, “Fifty Shades” is nothing more than a porn film filled with hardcore sex and misogyny targeted to women by including a romantic narrative and fancy soundtrack.

2014 Dirty Dozen List: Fifty Shades of Grey