About WRAP

The National White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week brings together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with driven concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms from pornography and the many resources available to aid those affected. National WRAP Week always starts the last Sunday of October.

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How did White Ribbon Against Pornography start?

It was just one woman in Pennsylvania with an idea, and now 25 years later thousands are still participating.

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Norma Norris tying a white ribbon to a car the first year of the WRAP campaign

The White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Campaign began with one woman in Butler, PA in 1987. Norma Norris heard a sermon against pornography delivered by the pastor of her Catholic parish. Msgr. Francis Glenn lamented that local prosecutors and law enforcement had been deluded into thinking that people didn’t care about the hardcore porn being sold in her community. Norma looked at the full pews in the church and said, “That can’t be; we’re here and we care!” Norma then gave herself the challenge to inspire her community and to send out the message: WE CARE! WE COUNT! Norma thought the plan had to be simple, inexpensive, and something to catch the imagination. Soon after, the idea of a simple white ribbon as a symbol of decency came to her, and a movement was born.

Norma then worked with Msgr. Glenn, the Butler County Citizens for Decency, and the Butler Fellowship of Churches to organize the first White Ribbon campaign. Ribbons were distributed; huge white ribbon bows were sent to the Governor and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania; petitions were signed; and a motorcade was organized.

The highlight of the campaign was the bulldozing of a closed porn bookstore. The Butler County Citizens for Decency bought the property especially for the purpose. A judge signed an eviction notice against the store, and on a sunny day in fall, in front of a large crowd of citizens and cameras from local TV stations, the bulldozer smashed the porn shop to smithereens.

That year, Morality in Media became the national sponsor of the WRAP Campaign. WRAP has since taken on a life of its own with many local groups adding their own events, projects and ways to get the word out. Many other national groups organize campaigns during this week as well. We invite all to participate!

Read more about the history of WRAP here. You can also read the history in Espanol.

What have groups done in the past?

Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.
Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.

Many have followed Norma’s inspiration and allowed their creativity to grow this effort into something great! We don’t want to limit you or the possibilities. Thousands have participated by proudly wearing or displaying a white ribbon during the week. Other groups have organized protests, letter-writing campaigns, call-days, support meetings for addicts and their partners, group discussions, sermons at church, handing out awareness flyers, school assemblies, etc. In 2011, more than 20 groups are putting on live online events with different experts on the harms of pornography and ways to overcome these consequences. Here are couple of articles about what other groups in Lancaster, PA and in Utah have done.

2016 Events

The events listed here are hosted by National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Dozens of other events take place around the country.

WEBINAR “Talking to Kids about Pornography: Tips for Parents”

Date: October 30, 2016

Time: 9:30 pm ET

Location: Watch Online

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Kristen Jenson, author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures, will discuss insights about constructive, age-appropriate, conversations with children about the harms of pornography.

Kristen is the founder of Protect Young Minds and best-selling author of Good Pictures Bad Pictures: Porn-Proofing Today’s Young Kids. She serves on the Prevention Task Force of the National Coalition on Sexual Exploitation. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and her master’s degree in Organizational Communication. Kristen grew up in both Wyoming and Massachusetts, is the mother of three awesome children, and currently lives with her husband in beautiful Washington State.

WEBINAR “Out of Isolation: The Role of Healing Community in the Battle Against Pornography”

Date: November 1, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm ET

Location: Watch Online

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Tray had been married for 11 years when his secret struggle with pornography and sexual sin ripped his family apart. After 6 years of divorce, God brought about a miraculous restoration and he reconciled and remarried his ex-wife Melody. Discovering that true healing is found on the other side of pain, Tray has a passion to help men experience God’s grace in brokenness and to learn to connect deeply with others in authentic community.

Through Undone Redone, his ministry and weekly podcast, Tray and Melody provide life and marriage coaching, intensives, parenting solutions, and help churches create Christ-centered recovery groups. Tray contributes regularly to LifeWay’s Stand Firm devotional magazine for men, Love Like Jesus, and the Covenant Eyes’ blog.

Melody:
Melody uncovered her husband’s betrayal in 2000, and has lived through the nightmare of having her family torn apart when her children were 5, 4, 2, and 6 months. After walking her own path of healing and wholeness, Melody and her ex-husband Tray were remarried in 2008. Along with Tray, Melody has been devoted to personally coaching and walking with others who are currently living through the pain and trauma of their partner’s betrayal. She is the author of the online course Life Beyond Betrayal (www.lifebeyondbetrayal.com) and is committed to helping betrayed women understand that there is life after their worst day. She facilitates a weekly women’s group, educates students, families and communities on prevention, online digital safety, and healthy sexuality. Melody enjoys singing, leading worship, entertaining friends, and spending time with her family.

WEBINAR “Talking to Children About the Truth and Dangers of Pornography and the Barriers that Often Get in the Way.”

Date: November 2, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm ET

Location: Watch Online

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Beau Abdulla, founder of PORNKNOW, will discuss tips and strategies that equip parents to talk to their kids about the truth and dangers of viewing pornography, along with the barriers that often get in the way.

There are many people who are aware and educated about the truth and harms that come from viewing pornography.  Even with this knowledge, many parents still don’t feel equipped to address the dangers of pornography with their children.  Using a principle based approach, PORNKNOW has developed 8 keys to effectively communicate with your children about this sensitive subject.  We will also look at common barriers that can get in the way of having these conversations in our families.  The consequences of uniformed youth today are devastating.  If you aren’t talking to your children about the dangers of viewing pornography, who is?  Let’s talk.

1) First we can start off by looking at who’s talking about porn.

WHOS TALKING ABOUT PORN?

  • Only 20% of adults report having anyone talk to them about pornography as a child.
  • Only 20% of adults report addressing pornography with either children or adults on a regular and on-going basis.
  • Just over 20% of adults report being intentional to seek out information about the truth and dangers of pornography. Source – Let’s Talk workshop survey (2016)

What this tells us is that only 1 in 5 adults feel equipped and are being intentional to address pornography in any way.  This means there is a huge gap between the amount of people indulging in viewing pornography and the number of people speaking about the harms of pornography.  We need more voices advocating for the choice to live porn-free.

2) Next we can go briefly through our 8 LET’S TALK principles

Link – http://www.pornknow.org/8-let-s-talk-principles.html

3) After that we will discuss the following common barriers that get in the way of conversations taking place between adults and children.

  1. Poor parental role models.
  2. The thought that pornography is not that big of a deal.
  3. The belief that it is better to not bring a topic like pornography up as it will only enhance curiosity in children.
  4. The belief that it is not culturally appropriate to discuss porn in our family.
  5. The lack of knowledge, skills or tools to engage children.
  6. Being scared or feeling uncomfortable talking about pornography.
  7. Individual shame and guilt.
  8. Personal indulgence with pornography.

WEBINAR “The Impact of Pornography on the Brain”

Date: November 3, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM ET

Location: Watch Online

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Bio: As a member of the first generation to grow up with Internet in the home, Noah B.E. Church started using Internet porn by age 9, and by the time he was a teenager had developed what is now known as porn-induced erectile dysfunction. It was only after learning about the science of porn addiction at age 24 that he realized how harmful his porn habit had become to his life and relationships, and he quit. Over time his PIED was completely reversed, and he received a myriad of unexpected benefits including increased self-esteem, greater ambition, a resurgence of emotional sensitivity, and better ability to connect with others. After experiencing adult life free of porn’s influence for the first time, Noah decided to help provide answers and guidance to others suffering with porn addiction and porn-induced problems. He is now a public speaker, runs AddictedToInternetPorn.com, and is the author of Wack: Addicted to Internet Porn.

Webinar Description: The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that addiction is a singular disorder—no matter the chemical or behavioral object of the addiction—that manifests a specific set of signs and symptoms including tolerance, escalation, strong cravings, impaired impulse control, and reduced emotional, social, and/or professional wellbeing. We will explore current evidence demonstrating how compulsive Internet porn use neurologically alters its users in order to bring about those very effects, as well as the symptoms specific to porn addiction, such as porn-induced erectile dysfunction, lowered sexual desire for real partners, partnered anorgasmia, and more.

WEBINAR “Women Too: Discussing Female Porn Addiction and Recovery”

Date: November 4, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm ET

Location: Watch Online

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Crystal Renaud, founder of Dirty Girls Ministries, will discuss the rising problem of female porn addiction and available resources or strategies for recovery.

In February of 2009, she launched Dirty Girls Ministries out of the experience of her own journey of becoming whole after an 8-year pornography and sexual addiction as a teenager. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Liberty University and four certifications including Professional Life Coaching from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and is a member of the AACC in good standing. In her book Dirty Girls Come Clean (Moody Publishers), Crystal shares her story of freedom from pornography use and is being used to bring other women out of bondage as well.  

Crystal’s work has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, Christianity Today, 700 Club, Outreach Magazine and more. She also speaks to church services, college groups, youth groups, women’s groups and virtually any other group or conference on women’s pornography and sexual addiction as well as on a variety of other topics. Speaking topics include Living Single on Purpose as Christian Women, Pursuing and Keeping Healthy Friendships/Relationships, Faith Dilemmas/Distorted View of God, Women’s Emotional Health (emphasis on Depression/Anxiety), Support Group Facilitator Trainings, Church Communications and more.

What Can You Do?

Order some here or make your own!

Wear it on your shirt during the week, hang one on your door or mailbox, tie one to your car antennae. When folks ask about it, be brave and start the conversation about the public health crisis from pornography.

Find some good talking points here.

A FEW IDEAS TO GET YOU GOING:

Rally: Go all out and hold a rally in your community! Get church leaders, community groups, city council, and others to join you.

Dinner Party Discussion: Invite a few friends over to discuss these issues more in-depth. How can you help one another?  What can be done in your immediate circle of influence? How is this affecting your loved ones?

Movie Night: There are many great new films out on these issues. Watch together with a few friends and then allow time for discussion. A couple movies we suggest: Heart of the Matter, and She’s Somebody’s Daughter

Parent’s Night: Get a group of parents together (through the PTA, homeschool co-op, church group, etc) and host a discussion about teaching your kids digital literacy.

We have many different brochures and flyers that you can order in bulk to hand out in your community. For years, many have distributed these in their churches, PTA groups, and neighborhood.

See what brochures we have available here in our shop.

The cost is to help with printing and shipping. We can send batches of 100 for free, however, if the price is a barrier. Please contact public@ncose.com to request an order.

Visit our Resource Center to learn more, find help, and connect with others. We have listed resources for those struggling, for partners/spouses, for parents, and for victims and survivors – as well as talking points, technology solutions and more.

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How did White Ribbon Against Pornography start?

It was just one woman in Pennsylvania with an idea, and now 25 years later thousands are still participating.

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Norma Norris tying a white ribbon to a car the first year of the WRAP campaign

The White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Campaign began with one woman in Butler, PA in 1987. Norma Norris heard a sermon against pornography delivered by the pastor of her Catholic parish. Msgr. Francis Glenn lamented that local prosecutors and law enforcement had been deluded into thinking that people didn’t care about the hardcore porn being sold in her community. Norma looked at the full pews in the church and said, “That can’t be; we’re here and we care!” Norma then gave herself the challenge to inspire her community and to send out the message: WE CARE! WE COUNT! Norma thought the plan had to be simple, inexpensive, and something to catch the imagination. Soon after, the idea of a simple white ribbon as a symbol of decency came to her, and a movement was born.

Norma then worked with Msgr. Glenn, the Butler County Citizens for Decency, and the Butler Fellowship of Churches to organize the first White Ribbon campaign. Ribbons were distributed; huge white ribbon bows were sent to the Governor and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania; petitions were signed; and a motorcade was organized.

The highlight of the campaign was the bulldozing of a closed porn bookstore. The Butler County Citizens for Decency bought the property especially for the purpose. A judge signed an eviction notice against the store, and on a sunny day in fall, in front of a large crowd of citizens and cameras from local TV stations, the bulldozer smashed the porn shop to smithereens.

That year, Morality in Media became the national sponsor of the WRAP Campaign. WRAP has since taken on a life of its own with many local groups adding their own events, projects and ways to get the word out. Many other national groups organize campaigns during this week as well. We invite all to participate!

Read more about the history of WRAP here. You can also read the history in Espanol.

What have groups done in the past?

Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.
Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.

Many have followed Norma’s inspiration and allowed their creativity to grow this effort into something great! We don’t want to limit you or the possibilities. Thousands have participated by proudly wearing or displaying a white ribbon during the week. Other groups have organized protests, letter-writing campaigns, call-days, support meetings for addicts and their partners, group discussions, sermons at church, handing out awareness flyers, school assemblies, etc. In 2011, more than 20 groups are putting on live online events with different experts on the harms of pornography and ways to overcome these consequences. Here are couple of articles about what other groups in Lancaster, PA and in Utah have done.

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Updates

This #WRAPWeek Let’s Fight for Loving Relationships

White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week is a time to defend loving relationships against the toxic influence of pornography. Earlier this year, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the highly esteemed founders of the Gottman Institute wrote an open letter on pornography publicly changing their stance on pornography due to its harmful impact on intimacy and […]

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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 […]

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Get Ready, WRAP Week is Almost Here

White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week is almost here! Always held the last Sunday of October through the following Sunday, this year WRAP Week runs from Oct—Nov 6. This week of national activism and public education all started with one woman from Pennsylvania. In 1987, Norma Norris heard a sermon about pornography delivered in her […]

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WEBINAR “Women Too: Discussing Female Porn Addiction and Recovery”

When: November 4, 2016 / 3:00 pm ET Location: Watch Online Here Crystal Renaud, founder of Dirty Girls Ministries, will discuss the rising problem of female porn addiction and available resources or strategies for recovery. In February of 2009, she launched Dirty Girls Ministries out of the experience of her own journey of becoming whole […]

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WEBINAR “Talking to Children About the Truth and Dangers of Pornography and the Barriers that Often Get in the Way.”

When: November 2, 2016 / 12:00 pm ET Location: Watch Online Here: Beau Abdulla, founder of PORNKNOW, will discuss tips and strategies that equip parents to talk to their kids about the truth and dangers of viewing pornography, along with the barriers that often get in the way. There are many people who are aware […]

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