December 31, 2013

2013 Highlights & Victories

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MIM launched new, annual project called the Dirty Dozen,

SquareGraphic_DirtyDozena list of 12 facilitators of pornography. Thousands of Americans have participated in contacting these individuals and companies, and after considerable press, success is happening. 

  • Google executives have contacted us and our partners and are working to better improve their smartphone app store policies and enforcement.
  • The American Library Association publicly defended their position to provide pornography to all patrons. In response to this outrage, dozens of concerned citizens are taking up the battle to stop them in their communities.
  • The Department of Defense has directly addressed the problem of pornography in the military.

MIM launched the FCC Watch on Decency

MIM_FCC_600x600wweblink-1in order to hold the Federal Communications Commission responsible to their duty of enforcing broadcast decency standards. When the FCC announced it would weaken decency standards on nudity and profanity, Morality In Media led the charge to oppose this change. MIM got more than 70 groups and thousands of individuals to pressure the FCC and Congress on this issue, generating more than 100,000 written comments to the FCC in opposition. MIM attended Congressional hearings regarding the FCC and met with key U.S. Senators and Representatives, which led to one of the new FCC commissioners committing to enforce decency standards, not change them. Now, only a minority on the FCC would support weakened decency standards.

MIM’s “Pentagon Watch on Sexual Exploitation”

MM_PentWatch_300x300_r1tackled the issue of sexual exploitation in the U.S. Military and the impact pornography is having on our troops. When the Pentagon released information that sexual assaults in our Armed Forces has increased 35% since 2010, MIM immediately made clear that this is in part a result of relaxed policies surrounding the use of pornography. MIM aggressively targeted the press and made this an issue, met with dozens of key Congressional Members who then pressured Military officials on the problem of pornography, and sent letters to all military branch leaders. In response, we have seen many victories. The Secretary of Defense issued an order that all branches do a search of all public and workspaces on military bases and remove pornographic and offensive materials (In just 90 of their bases alone, the U.S. Air Force found thousands of such images in public workspaces). The U.S. Air Force and Army removed pornography magazines from all base exchanges and have ordered that porn no longer be sold there. Congress issued an order that all branches report on the problem of pornography by Spring 2014. MIM is continuing our aggressive efforts to rid the military of the current porn culture.

A city-wide blitz of Birmingham, AL

Squaregraphic_bhamwas launched this spring. With the leadership and vision of one dedicated woman on the ground, we were able to put up a billboard and coordinate with many local organizations and ministries to educate on the harms of pornography, get extensive local media coverage, and drive more than 2,300 individuals to resources to aid with overcoming pornography struggles. The effort went so well that even more local organizations joined together with MIM in October to host the first “FREEDOM NIGHT” in Birmingham. More than 1,000 people gathered for a concert and to learn about the harms of pornography and sex trafficking. As a result of this success, billboards have gone up now in Nebraska and are proposed to go up in 10 other cities next year.
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OTHER 2013 SUCCESSES

MIM led a major public outcry against Oprah and her network after they premiered a show promoting BDSM lifestyles and encouraging viewers to be open to it. The Oprah Winfrey Network stopped playing reruns of the show after hearing from more than 5,000 angry MIM supporters.

PSA Videos about the harms of pornography aired on television and radio in Charleston, SC with the help of MIM’s leadership and one dedicated MIM volunteer.

MIM helped to prepare supporters in Louisiana and Kansas to testify before their state legislatures on the harms of pornography and needs to improve their laws.

Supporters in Utah, Nebraska, California, Oregon, Washington and Maine also presented in front of their local city councils or school boards to oppose pornography in their communities.

Morality In Media speakers attended more than 15 conferences in 2013 and hosted our booth at these events to educate individuals on the harms and get them plugged into advocacy efforts. MIM volunteers manned booths at 12 other conferences when we weren’t able to send staff.

OTHER 2013 SUCCESSES

Morality in Media brought in six young college students as interns and continues to target and train younger individuals to become leaders in this movement.

Morality In Media continues to direct a coalition of more than 130 national, state and local groups all dedicated to opposing pornography.

In 2013, MIM organized two regional meetings with group leaders (one in the West and one on the East Coast) to better strengthen the coalition and develop strategy for the overall anti-pornography movement.

Morality In Media developed a series of new research-centered materials, including brochures, flyers, and informational graphics, to help educate more about the harms of pornography and what can be done to combat it.

Morality In Media’s online presence has increased, with new and improved websites (see the updated search engine on PornHarmsResearch.com) as well as a large following on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+.

The MIM-led 26th Annual WRAP Week was a success with more groups around the country hosting their own events and awareness campaigns.

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