January 26, 2017

VICTORIES: Public Health Resolution Scoring Unanimous Support

Yesterday, the resolution we drafted recognizing pornography as a public health crisis was introduced in subcommittee in the state of Virginia by VA Delegate Bob Marshall and it passed UNANIMOUSLY!

We are especially excited because most folks expected this to be shot down, but even the committee members agreed that the testimony from two of our staff and one of our longtime activists made it absolutely certain that this issue can no longer be ignored. We livestreamed the hearing on our Facebook page, so not super great quality, but the talks were powerful! Haley Halverson and Savanah Lawrence from our team start their remarks around 12:30.

Even better, though!

Last night, as I was jumping up and down about this victory, I got a Google Alert in my email saying that the resolution passed the South Dakota State Senate, also UNANIMOUSLY!!

Recall that last year, it passed in Utah (unanimously!) and in December a fantastic piece of legislation passed the Canadian Parliament (unanimously!). We expect this to be introduced in 5 other states any day now. Will keep you posted on those so you can take action!

I hope you can see the swelling movement that you’re a part of and greatly contributing to! Together, we are changing culture –influencing corporate, government, and media leaders; assisting parents and partners and those struggling; and connecting the dots to other forms of sexual exploitation.


Pictures from the subcommittee hearing today:

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President & Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement.

As Executive Director of National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a national strategy uniting conservative, women’s rights, child advocacy and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together raising awareness of the pandemic of harm from pornography. Her initiatives have led to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Verizon and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including Fox & Friends, CNN and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the harms of pornography and all forms of sexual exploitation and what can be done to curb the growing public health crisis resulting from pornography.

Prior to joining NCSE in February 2011, she was a volunteer working for several hours each week for Patrick Trueman, current president and CEO of NCSE. While volunteering for Mr. Trueman, she was employed by a political consulting firm helping businesses and political candidates utilize digital strategies to reach expansive audiences and raise funds. Her expertise in social networking and digital strategies contributed to the successful election of several high-profile candidates in the 2010 election cycle. Dawn has worked on a number of prominent political campaigns, including Marco Rubio for Senate in 2010 and Mitt Romney for President in 2008.

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and the homeless. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and two children in Virginia.

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