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.

What Can You Do?

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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.

MIM_Scrapbook_NormaNorris_StartedWRAP_TiesOnCar_1987
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

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