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

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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