The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography. As the thread of pornography in the web of sexual exploitation is systemically overlooked by society, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has prominently advanced this issue as a central pillar of its projects in order to promote more holistic solutions.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) 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.
Mission Statement: defend human dignity and oppose sexual exploitation.
NCOSE is dedicated to the eradication of sexual abuse and exploitation in all their forms. Accordingly, our portfolio of issues encompasses child-on-child harmful sexual behavior, child sexual abuse, sexual objectification, forms of image-based sexual abuse, sexual harassment and assault, institutional sexual abuse, compulsive sexual behaviors, the public health crisis of pornography, stripping, sex trafficking of adults and children, demand for prostitution, and more.
With 57 years of experience to its credit, NCOSE brings unique historical perspective to combating modern manifestations of sexual abuse and exploitation. Our vantage point provides us with the longitudinal, as well as holistic, understanding of how forms of sexual harm intersect, overlap, reinforce, and fuel one another to create pernicious sectors of sexual exploitation and injustice which destroy lives and devour goodness, light, and hope. We leverage this panoramic view to develop projects striking deep at the roots of systems which support and sustain sexual abuse and exploitation.
NCOSE’s steadfast commitment to addressing the full web of sexual abuse and exploitation sets it apart from its peers. While many groups work to combat one or two forms of sexual abuse and exploitation, few (if any), seek to address them holistically. This results in “siloing”—individualized and specialized sectors of networks, information, and resources, which fail to recognize the intersectionality of sexual abuse and exploitation issues, and consequently, yields diminished impacts. Moreover, some forms of sexual exploitation have become so normalized (e.g. pornography, prostitution), that even experts in fields of sexual abuse and exploitation neglect or ignore them, having come to accept them as inevitable realities or fearing backlash from the media, radical groups, or the general public if they spoke out about them. Other subject areas that NCOSE addresses receive little to no attention from other actors in this sector.
Through a variety of innovative tactics, NCOSE also seeks to educate and unite advocates, the general public, corporate leaders, and policymakers, about these issues in order to build and sustain the movement for a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation was founded in 1962 and since then has evolved to advocate for a world free from all forms of sexual exploitation.
To accomplish this vision of abolition from sexual exploitation, NCOSE operates on the cutting edge of policy activism to combat corporate and government policies that foster exploitation, advance public education and empowerment, and spur united action by leading the movement through the international Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation conducts policy activism through projects like the Dirty Dozen List which targets 12 mainstream corporations or organizations that facilitate sexual exploitation and through the Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda which provides common sense policy recommendations for Congress on issues ranging from sex trafficking to pornography to sexual abuse and more.
In order to extend this vision into the courts, NCOSE established a Law Center in 2015 to serve as the legal arm and counsel of the movement opposing sexual exploitation, with emphases in obscenity, sex trafficking, and prostitution law. In 2019, the NCOSE Law Center hired additional staff, grew an incredible coalition network, and started a national education effort for young, budding attorneys which is enabling us to tackle many more of these issues.
NCOSE provides access to invaluable educational resources produced by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation include Pornography: a Public Health Crisis, Bright Light on the Red Light: The Truth About Prostitution, Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Men, and more. NCOSE also provides resources through its online Resource Center directory for those who struggle with pornography and their families, survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, online child safety, and more.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation—a groundbreaking loose-knit coalition that unites advocates from diverse fields and perspectives. NCOSE brings these influencers together at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, in online communities, in task forces and other co-hosted events throughout the year. To make research available to activists and the public alike, NCOSE also maintains a research website that compiles peer-reviewed data on the public health crisis of pornography.
To learn more about NCOSE’s victories and progress in the last year, download our 2019 Impact Report.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Whether in the private or public sector, each victory promoted human dignity above a form of sexual exploitation including sex trafficking, pornography, sexual violence, sexual objectification, and more.
NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300+ organizations as members. It also runs Coalition taskforces on child-on-child sexual abuse, the sexual exploitation of men and boys, and the public health harms of pornography.
Last year, over 55,000 grassroots supporters took action through NCOSE’s campaigns to stand against sexual exploitation and change policies at Walmart, Comcast, and more.
NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions by media outlets per week in 2018, NCOSE appeared on the “Today” show and CNN and in The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.