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: