Haley Halverson

Director of Communications

Haley Halverson joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in May of 2015. Haley cares deeply about human rights and the issue of sexual exploitation, particularly regarding those exploited in the sex industry. In her role, Haley acts as a spokesperson for NCOSE and oversees strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing. She is also the host of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) where she double majored in Politics and interdisciplinary religious studies, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internship experiences in the DC area.

Haley has spoken at the United Nations and has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Post, BBC News, Fox News, the Washington Post, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, the Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

Articles by Haley Halverson

Video: Prostitution, Sexual Coercion, and Violence: Why Sexploitation is Nobody’s Job

Video: Prostitution, Sexual Coercion, and Violence: Why Sexploitation is Nobody’s Job   In the age of Game of Thrones and The Girlfriend Experience, everyday Americans are regularly confronted with normalized depictions of prostituted women and men. From Amnesty International and TED Talks calling for full decriminalization of sex trade, there is a concerted effort underway […]

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Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

More Women Experience Paralysis During Sexual Assault Than You May Assume

The general public tends to consider “fighting back” as the “normal” response to rape. But is it? A new Swedish survey found 7 out of 10 women experienced “tonic immobility” during sexual assault. What Is Tonic Immobility? Tonic immobility is a natural state of paralysis, often observed in animals as “playing dead.” It is an involuntary and […]

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Issue: College

Podcast: How Is Adult Pornography Impacting Children?

Ep. 27 Dr. Sharon Cooper shared 3 ways adult porn is impacting children. Dr. Sharon Cooper is a developmental and forensic pediatrician who evaluates and treats children who have been victims of all forms of abuse, though her primary area of expertise is that of sexual exploitation. Dr. Cooper holds faculty positions at the University of […]

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Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: How Can One Person Combat Sexual Exploitation on College Campuses?

Ep. 26 Individual actions can make a difference. Whether you are a college student, know a college student, or just care about fighting sexual exploitation in ANY environment, this episode is filled with practical action steps to get you started. College students should be safe from sexual assault, and the factors that contribute to campus […]

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Issue: College

Training Ground for Abuse? Sexual Assault Reports Are Increasing at Two Military Academies

According to a report by the Department of Defense, two of the three national military academies have seen increased reports of sexual assault in the last year. The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, saw increases in sexual assault reports. The number of reports at the […]

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Issue: College

Podcast: How Can Churches Address Pornography?

Ep. 25. Special guest Josh McDowell, an author, apologist, and founder of Josh McDowell Ministry, joins this podcast episode to address the current climate in the church regarding pornography. Josh McDowell provides advice for individuals, pastors, and churches about recovery from pornography. He weighs in on the debate about if church leaders should be fired when […]

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Issue: Pornography Harms

Podcast: How Are Issues Like Trafficking, Prostitution, and Porn Linked?

Ep. 24 Presentation at the U.S. Capitol reveals the intersection between forms of sexual exploitation. Evidence supports the fact that child sexual abuse, prostitution, pornography, sex trafficking, sexual violence, etc., are not isolated phenomena occurring in a vacuum. Rather, these and other forms of sexual abuse and exploitation overlap and reinforce one another. Accordingly, the […]

Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda

4 Conversations That Can Help Guard Children Against Sexual Abuse

Originally published on the Huffington Post Blog. Child sexual abuse is perhaps one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. As a result, people often avoid thinking or talking about it. But pushing such a serious problem under the rug might be doing more harm than good. It’s always difficult to gather national statistics on the […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: Can 4 Conversations Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse is perhaps one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. As a result, people often avoid thinking or talking about it. But pushing such a serious problem under the rug might be doing more harm than good. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: Can We Prevent Rape On College Campuses?

Ep. 22 Special guest Dr. John Foubert addresses an innovative program on college campuses. Dr. John Foubert is the national president of One in Four, a professor at Oklahoma State University author of several books including most recently How Pornography Harms. One In Four is a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention, focusing on college […]

Issue: College

Newly Introduced Legislation Could Radically Decrease Online Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking and prostitution have extended online. It’s time for our laws to do the same. Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO) introduced an important bipartisan bill today to lift barriers that have been impeding efforts to seek justice against online facilitators of sex trafficking. This bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Unfortunately, Section […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Twitter Takes Largest Stand Against Cyber-based Sexual Harassment Yet

As first reported by HeatStreet, Twitter is now blocking several pornography-related search terms—particularly from results in the “Photos” and “Videos” section of the social media platform. Now when users type in hashtags or keywords traditionally associated with pornography, they get this message: Why is this important? Twitter has come under fire recently for the vast […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Twitter

Investigative Reporters Find Sex Ads Remain on Backpage.com, After Site “Shuts Down” Adult Section

Publicity stunts aren’t the same as policy changes. Two months ago Backpage.com, an online classifieds website that’s under scrutiny from the federal government for its facilitation of sex trafficking and prostitution, “shut down” the section on its website entitled “adult services.” This change occurred the night before Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer and founders, Michael Lacey […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Backpage.com

Podcast: Is Pornography Really an “Industry?”

Ep. 21: Special guest, Dr. Gail Dines analyzes the big business behind porn. While popular Internet pornography today seems like it is being mass produced by thousands of companies, the reality is that there is a porn monopoly. Could this be good news? On this episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast, Dr. Dines provides key insights into the […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Podcast: How Can We Change Corporate Policies That Exploit?

Ep. 20 Changing culture by changing major companies.   We live in an age where many consumers demand transparency from companies they trust. We want to know the working conditions of those who made our clothing, and if pesticides were used to grow our food. Now, thanks to The Dirty Dozen List, we can see which […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

Podcast: Are Schools Actively Exposing Children to Porn?

Online library databases in many schools are piping pornographic and sexually explicit materials into children’s lives. We were shocked when we discovered EBSCO, and other similar companies, that provide academic resources for grades K-12 are not filtering out sexually explicit content. Even innocent searches return results like links to hardcore pornography websites, stories normalizing student-teacher […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Podcast: Are Magazine Swimsuit Issues Actually Empowering?

Ep. 18 A look at Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue Every February the Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue hits the shelves and some individuals applaud it as a celebration of the athletic female body. However, the truth is that Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue is not a triumph of female athleticism, agency, or empowerment. Instead, it is a descent […]

Issue: Objectification

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue: Empowerment Or Sexual Objectification?

Originally published on Huffington Post. It’s February again, and of course that means it’s time to ogle women in barely-there bikinis in the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. While men around the country eagerly await this publication, I find it increasingly difficult to accept the societal narrative surrounding it. That’s because the unspoken truth is […]

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Issue: Objectification

Podcast: Does “Fifty Shades of Grey” Normalize Domestic Abuse?

The London Abused Women’s Centre, Canada; Collective Shout, Australia; Culture Reframed, USA; and The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), USA have partnered to raise awareness that Fifty Shades of Grey – and it’s latest film installment Fifty Shades Darker – normalizes domestic violence. Tune-in to learn more about the themes of Fifty Shades of Grey […]

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Social Media Campaign to #TackleDemand for Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Reaches Over 1 Million People

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation partnered with over 25 other human rights, anti-trafficking organizations to send one simple message on the night of the Super Bowl: “Real sports fans don’t buy sex.” This simple concept caught on, and by the end of the night, over 1 million individuals saw this message through sharing on […]

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

Podcast: Why Are Some Children Becoming Sexual Predators?

An Alabama child advocacy group called Palmer Place recently reported an increase in child-on-child sex abuse cases. These reports mirror several statements by law enforcement and child advocacy groups around the country that are concerned with the rising trend of children sexually abusing other children. Why is this happening? Tune-in to the latest episode of […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

South Dakota’s Senate Just Declared Pornography a Public Health Crisis

South Dakota senators have unanimously passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. This non-binding resolution was based on the model resolution written by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The term “public health crisis” is used to broadly define both physical and social problems—from cigarette smoking to bullying—and it unequivocally applies to pornography, […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Victory! Snapchat Improved its Policy on Graphic, Risqué Stories

Snapchat stories are finally starting to listen to its concerned users. This Monday Snapchat updated its guidelines for Discover publishers to discourage click bait. It announced that Snapchat will give publishers a tool in February that allows them to age-gate content, or stop minors from seeing specific content. Snapchat Discover is a section of that […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Snapchat

Podcast: What Can the New Adminitration Do to Combat Sexploitation?

America is suffering from a sexual exploitation crisis. Sex trafficking, pornography addiction, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and more, are issues significantly impacting American citizens, families, and communities. This necessitates that the full spectrum of sexual harm must be addressed by our federal government. NCOSE is located in Washington DC in order to elevate the […]

DOJ Watch On Illegal Pornography

Podcast: Could Prostitution Be Fully Decriminalized in California?

An alarming court case (Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) v. Gascón) is being appealed in the Ninth Circuit this year that argues California’s prostitution laws are unconstitutional and that call for prostitution to be fully decriminalized. The results of this case could impact 20% of America’s population. That’s why the National Center on […]

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

How to Participate in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month 2017

It’s January again, which means that people all across America are getting involved in National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The national effort to raise awareness about the local and global problem of human trafficking has been going on for over a decade. In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as the National […]

Issue: Sex Trafficking

Podcast: When Should You Talk to Your Kids About Pornography?

Before we can begin to address “how” to talk to kids about pornography, it’s important to understand “when” that conversation becomes relevant. Many parents might assume that a few years after puberty is the time to have this talk. However, in today’s digital culture, studies show that many children are being exposed to pornography before […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

New Year, New Resolution: Pledge to Turn Off Pornography in 2017

The number of self-improvement blogs and articles always skyrocket around New Years Eve. In fact, they can become pretty overwhelming. So what resolution should you focus on for 2017? If you’re looking to improve your health, your relationships, and culture at large all at the same time…We’ve got the goal for you. New Years Resolution: Pledge to […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

What Can We Do About Domestic Violence During the Holidays?

The holidays are often thought of as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for victims of domestic violence, the holidays can be a time of isolation and fear. Listen to the “Sexploitation?” Podcast Episode on Domestic Violence During the Holidays. Available on iTunes, and GooglePlay. Domestic or intimate partner abuse (whether it’s physical, emotional, or sexual) is often […]

Issue: College

Podcast: Can You Protect Your Library From Porn?

A surprising number of public libraries do not have pornography filtering software. An even larger number employ ineffective filtering software that children and adults are bypassing to gain access to pornography while at the local library. This not only harms the health of individuals using pornography, but it also paves the way for problems of child pornography use and unintentional […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

New Podcast Episode: Why Does Amnesty International Want to Decriminalize Prostitution?

Ep. 9 Full decriminalization is a gift to sex traffickers, pimps, and sex buyers. Amnesty International has developed a policy document supporting full decriminalization of prostitution. Full decriminalization of prostitution is one of the world’s most disastrous approaches to the sex trade. “Full” decriminalization refers to the repeal of laws pertaining to pimping, brothel keeping, and […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

The Porn Industry Chooses Profits Over Basic Protections to Performers Health

Proposition 60, a California ballot proposition which would have required that condoms be used and visible in all pornographic films, failed to pass last week. This was a loss for human rights, and a loss for public health. Pornography is causing a public health crisis in America, and the negative effects are felt by not only pornography […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Podcast Episode: Does Sexting Make You Vulnerable to Exploitation?

Sexting, the sending of nude or explicit messages through texts, social media, or apps, is a serious social pressure in today’s culture. The eighth episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast addresses the prevalence of sexting among teens and young adults, and it’s impact on sexual exploitation. One recent survey released found that 66% of teens and young adults have […]

2017 Dirty Dozen: Twitter

Podcast Episode: What Is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week?

How can you get involved for this week of activism and awareness? The seventh episode of the “Sexploitation?” podcast explores the origin of White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week. This national campaign started with one woman named Norma Norris. Norma had the courage to take a stand against pornography, and her creativity set off a […]

Podcast: SEXPLOITATION?

Podcast: Should Prostitution Be Considered a Job?

Is prostitution a job? Popular media portrays those involved in prostitution as typically glamorized or empowered individuals. However, the research reveals that this is not the experience of the vast majority of those involved in the sex trade. Melissa Farley’s research found: “Across countries, 73 percent reported physical assault in prostitution, 62 percent reported having […]

Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda

Podcast Episode: Does Pornography Increase Sexual Violence?

Does what we watch have an impact on how we think? Or what we do? Alarming research is showing that pornography can shape the user’s sexual template around themes of degradation, ambiguous consent, and violence. A meta-analysis of 46 studies reported that the effects of exposure to pornographic material are “clear and consistent,” and puts one at […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

HBO’s Westworld Promotes Rape Culture

HBO is building a legacy of rape culture entertainment. The new HBO series, Westworld, premiered Sunday night and wasted no time before building upon this new “great tradition” in television of commodifying and consuming the female body. The first episode of HBO’s latest series, Westworld, contains a reference to the raping of a corpse, uses brothels as […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

The “Sexploitation” Podcast is Launched!

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation officially has a podcast! The “Sexploitation?” podcast decodes sexual harms and provides you with active solutions. We address the full spectrum of sexual exploitation, from sex trafficking to sexual violence, to rape culture, to pornography, and more. And better yet, we give you the tools to make a difference! […]

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

International Leaders are Meeting at the CESE Summit

The 3rd annual Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit is bringing leaders together! We have over 400 attendees from over 30 states and 7 countries gathering together to learn, network, and strategize about how to make a difference. Know this: you are not alone. There is an entire army of people who care about […]

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Podcast Episode: Does Facebook Facilitate Sex Trafficking?

We think of sex trafficking as only occurring in dingy dungeons, but really so much of it has moved online – it’s a digital age – you no longer need to “know a guy” or go to the seedy side of town to have access to information about buying sex – now access to what […]

2015 Dirty Dozen: Facebook

Podcast Episode: Is Porn Really a Public Health Crisis?

Utah passed a formal state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis in the summer of 2016, then that fall the RNC added the same language to its official republican platform, and presidential nominee at the time of this recording wrote a letter to the organization Enough is Enough stating that she is supportive of […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Join Our Action Club to Take Your Activism to a Whole New Level

I’m excited to announce we have a new and easy way for you to get involved in the movement to end sexual exploitation! You can join our Action Club to receive 4-5 texts a month with urgent actions to defend human dignity including petitions, emails, social media sharing, and more. Joining is simple. Text ACTION to 53445 and […]

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Pamela Anderson Says Porn is “a Public Hazard”

Former Baywatch star and Playboy model Pamela Anderson is speaking out against pornography. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, co-written with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Pamela Anderson criticized pornography for its  “corrosive effects on a man’s soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father.” She didn’t hold any punches, citing disgraced former politician Anthony […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

[VIDEO] Get Inspired at Our Upcoming Summit!

Get Inspired and Get Equipped at Our 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation A movement for human dignity is surging in America. That is why faith leaders, academic experts, recovery programs, and public advocates are uniting this year at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, in Houston, Texas. This year, […]

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These Male Olympic Athletes Are Getting “Magic Miked”

“36 of the Greatest Summer Olympic Bulges” This is the headline of a recent Cosmopolitan magazine article, which collected photos to emphasize the genital regions of various male Olympic athletes. Instead of focusing on the athletic accomplishments of swimmers, cyclists, or gymnasts, Cosmo has once again returned to one of its favorite recreational activities: sexual […]

2017 Dirty Dozen List – MASTER

This Leading Virtual Reality Firm is Saying “No” to Porn

When virtual reality (VR) headsets started hitting the market a few years ago, the porn industry was ready. Wasting no time, one of the largest porn sites launched a VR pornography section and began to give away thousands of headsets. All to attract its “customers” to the 360 degree, immersive, porn experience where the user feels […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

Bethany Shares Her Story: It’s Not Just a “Guy Problem”

Twenty-four-year-old Bethany MacDonald says it isn’t just men who suffer because of online pornography. She says she became addicted and was unable to have relationships because of it. Watch Her Explanation Here: Bethany told BBC she first saw it when she was nine years old. She said she became afraid of relationships and was watching it two […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

7 Navy Doctors Investigate: Is Internet Porn Causing Erectile Dysfunction?

[Note: this article contains medical discussion of sexual dysfunctions.] A new paper investigating the harms of pornography has been published, and its findings are cause for concern. A team of seven urologists, neuroscientists and psychiatrists from the Navy along with Gary Wilson, the founder of YourBrainOnPorn, set out to collect the facts, review research, and […]

Issue: Pornography Harms

MEDIA ADVISORY: National Experts Gather to Combat Full Spectrum of Sexual Exploitation in Advance of the Super Bowl

WHO: National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) EVENT: 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit WHEN: September 29-October 1 WHERE: Omni Houston Hotel Westside, 13219 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079 WHY: Sex trafficking, sexual violence, child sexual abuse, prostitution, pornography, and more, are all links on a seamless continuum of sexual exploitation. At the 2016 Coalition to […]

#TransformationTuesday: A Look Back on Our First CESE Summit

Watch Our the Video of Our First CESE Summit Here: It’s exciting to look back at this video and realize how far we’ve come! Every year, the Summit grows in size and impact. This year we already have guests registering from Australia, Africa, the UK, Uganda, and more. While the problem of sexual exploitation is as […]

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