About the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. We are a nonprofit organization with a focus on a wide-ranging and interrelated array of topics including, but not limited to, child sexual abuse, child-on-child harmful sexual behavior, compulsive sexual behaviors, demand for sexual exploitation, illicit massage businesses, image-based sexual abuse, institutional sexual abuse, men’s violence against women, the neurological impacts of sexual trauma, the public health harms of pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, sexual harassment and assault, sexual objectification, stripping, as well as the intersection of these issues with technology.

We are nonpartisan and nonsectarian because the fight to end sexual exploitation knows no political or religious boundaries. The inherent harms and oppression of sexual abuse and exploitation impact people regardless of their age, nationality, race, sex, sexual orientation, or creed.

We love people and partnerships. This is why we work relentlessly to build a diverse movement that welcomes all people committed to defending human dignity.

Our Vision

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation believes in a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation.

We believe every human being deserves the opportunity to live life to its fullest potential: to pursue dreams and ambitions; express creativity and hone talents; seek beauty, truth, and faith; experience hope, joy, and love with family and friends—to thrive. Such a vision requires not only individuals and institutions that work towards its realization but also a culture that embraces its responsibility to preserve and protect human flourishing. We aspire to create that culture.

Our Mission

Defending Human Dignity. Opposing Sexual Exploitation.

What makes us different?

Abolitionist Principles

Our work is premised on Abolitionist principles. This means we:

  1. view the commodification of people for sex as inherently harmful,
  2. support laws which seek to decrease and ultimately end demand by strongly penalizing those who pay to use the bodies of other people for sex,
  3. work to create robust services for those seeking freedom from organized systems of sexual exploitation,
  4. prevent sexual exploitation by opposing policies and reforming systems which facilitate harm, and
  5. support legal reforms that decriminalize victimization.

Experience and Perspective

With six decades of experience to its credit, NCOSE brings a unique historical perspective to combating modern manifestations of sexual abuse and exploitation. Our rich history of experience provides us with longitudinal knowledge that others may lack.

Holistic Approach

NCOSE is steadfastly committed to addressing the web of sexual abuse and exploitation in its entirety. Forms of sexual harm intersect, overlap, reinforce, and fuel each another, creating pernicious sectors of sexual exploitation and injustice which destroy lives and devour hope. We leverage this understanding to develop projects striking deep at the roots of systems which support and sustain sexual abuse and exploitation. Efforts to combat sexual abuse and exploitation often hone in on one or two issues. Such focused efforts are good and necessary, but can also result in “siloing”—individualized and specialized sectors of networks, information, and resources which fail to recognize key intersections between various forms of sexual abuse and exploitation and yield diminished results. NCOSE firmly believes that highlighting the ways sexual abuse and exploitation overlap and connect is an essential strategy that advances the entire movement.

Powerful Tactics

Through the powerful tactics and projects highlighted below, NCOSE seeks to educate and unite advocates, the general public, corporate leaders, and policymakers, in order to build and sustain the movement for a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation. NCOSE advances public education and empowerment, spurs united action, and conducts cutting edge  policy activism to combat corporate and governmental policies that foster exploitation. Here is how we do it.

Highlighted Activities

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) 

The world is experiencing unremitting sexual abuse and exploitation. We will succeed in stemming this tide of sexual harm only by standing together in unity. The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation is mobilizing the global movement to end sexual abuse and exploitation by providing training and networking opportunities, coordinating strategy, developing joint campaigns, as well as promoting unity and collaboration among 300+ organizations, survivor leaders, academics, advocates, corporate executives, and policymakers from around the world. The CESE Global Summit, annually hosted by NCOSE, brings together movement leaders and aspiring advocates to learn, network, and strategize for a world free from sexual harm.

Corporate Advocacy

Mainstream corporations prop up, legitimize, and in some instances, gain immense profits from the sex industry, while also setting a tone that normalizes sexual harm for our culture. NCOSE’s annual Dirty Dozen List—a powerful campaign which names and shames the mainstream corporate players in America that perpetuate sexual exploitation—shines light on poor business policies and practices, and credits good actions to spark further corporate social responsibility and drive formation of industry-wide minimum standards. Our corporate advocacy efforts also include consultation with and training for corporate executives on the intersectionality of sexual exploitation with subjects like homelessness, racism, misogyny, and technology, as well as how their business can foster a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation.

International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Sexual abuse and exploitation are a global tragedies affecting millions of people, with national governments, multi-lateral institutions, and multi-national corporate actors playing a major part in their normalization and facilitation. Many individuals and groups working around the world to address these issues lack critical resources and information that would greatly advance their mission. This is why the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation seeks to strengthen and amplify the efforts of international allies by working collaboratively with them to: 1) develop and conduct international advocacy campaigns, 2) share information on the latest research and policy developments, and 3) leverage our networks to open doors to key policymakers.

The Law Center

In the decades-long vacuum of a national legal strategy on the wide array of sexual exploitation issues, pro-sexual exploitation lobbyists stepped in to promote radical and damaging legislation. They also filed law suits which threatened to create, and in some cases established, legal precedents which normalize pornography, prostitution, grooming of children for sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. Stepping in to fill this void, NCOSE’s Law Center is filing groundbreaking lawsuits, providing critical policy analysis of federal and state legislation, building networks of state-level activists, submitting amicus briefs on potentially precedent setting cases, as well as training and mentoring the next generation of legal advocates committed to fighting sexual exploiters.

The Research Institute

Efforts to address and prevent large-scale sexual abuse and exploitation issues require specialized knowledge and information, but information—even limitless information—is powerless unless it is accessed, analyzed, and shared. This is why NCOSE’s Research Institute works to identify, analyze, curate, and channel information to empower the efforts of all those concerned with ending sexual abuse and exploitation. NCOSE’s Research Institute also collaborates on original research projects, provides resources through its online Resource Center directory for those who struggle with pornography and their families, and powers Demand-Forum, a comprehensive online resource for people seeking the tools to end demand for prostitution and sex trafficking.

Summary

This overview of NCOSE’s major projects only skims the surface of the depth and breadth of our work. To learn more, explore our projects.

To learn more about NCOSE’s victories and progress in the last year, download our 2019 Impact Report.

Our Areas of Concentration:

  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Child Sexual Abuse Images
  • Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior
  • Male Demand for Sexual Exploitation
  • Illicit Massage Businesses
  • Image-based Sexual Abuse
  • Men’s Violence against Women
  • Obscenity Law
  • Pornography Exposure Abuse
  • Prevention
  • Public Health Harms of Pornography
  • Prostitution
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (including of men and boys)
  • Sexual Addictions and Compulsivity
  • Sexual Assault and Violence
  • Sexual Coercion
  • Sexual Objectification
  • Sexualization of Children
  • Sexually Oriented Businesses
  • Stripping
  • Technology-Facilitated Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
  • Trauma

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