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 abolitionist and 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 and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

 

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE 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 public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

 

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

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