What Did We Accomplish This Year? 2016 Review
What a successful year NCOSE and the whole movement against exploitation has had! Just take a look at these numbers, all only made possible because of our growing army of supporters like you!
We were able to get 15 victories that were facilitating sexual exploitation.
These include victories at major corporations like Walmart, JetBlue, McDonald’s, Starbucks, InterContinental Hotels Group, and more!
These policies changed because 19,085 individuals took 80,372 actions in our 106 active campaigns this year!
We are greatly impacting the way the media talks about these issues. We issued 65 press statements, participated in 60 TV and radio interviews and had 5,845 press hits mentioning NCOSE’s aggressive projects and arguments. Our media consultants tell us that the combined daily readership of all of the places our efforts were highlighted had the potential of reaching 7.65 billion people!
In 2016, NCOSE spoke or exhibited in 22 states, as well as Trinidad & Tobago and Canada, and our team took over 60 trips!
Here is a look back at some of our incredible victories from 2016. . .
The Hotel Industry Transformed!
In the past 18 months, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), and Starwood Hotels all changed their policies across all of their worldwide brands thanks to our leadership and your assistance. This means that as of December 31, 2016, two million hotel rooms worldwide no longer offer on-demand hardcore pornography to guests. Based on occupancy rates, that’s approximately 1.3 million occupied rooms that are now porn-free every single day—approximately 475,000,000 per year!
The Food Industry Beginning to Change!
NCOSE was happy to join forces with lead partner Enough is Enough, and dozens of other groups, to call on McDonald’s and Starbucks to filter their free WiFi in all US retail locations. Both mega-corporations responded to our concerns and agreed to implement this new WiFi policy in America, and to enable their locations worldwide to do so as well! McDonald’s and Starbucks now join the ranks of other corporations such as Chick-fil-A and Panera Bread, which are all doing their part to address the public health crisis of pornography by proactively filtering out pornography on their WiFi.
Resolutions Recognizing the Public Health Impacts of Pornography Adopted
Utah’s legislature unanimously passed a resolution drafted by our Law Center recognizing the public health impacts of pornography. The resolution is being considered in many other states, as well as in the Canadian and Israeli Parliaments, and the GOP officially adopted a party platform recognizing pornography as a public health crisis. NCOSE plays a vital role providing policy makers with draft resolutions, peer-reviewed research, and bolstered public support.These innovative tactics have been remarkably effective at getting influential leaders, opinion makers, and the general public to recognize the harms and social costs of pornography.
NCOSE Amicus Brief Influences Georgia Supreme Court
Our Law Center was asked to write a key legal brief for the Georgia Supreme Court in a case where a child predator was claiming he had a constitutional right to find children online and explicitly discuss sexual acts in an arousing and exploitive manner. This line of argument was accepted in another state’s supreme court in a different state so we knew we had to be involved in the Georgia case. In the end, our legal brief helped to convince the Georgia Supreme Court to rule against the child predator. Obscene Internet contact with a minor is not “free speech”—it is child abuse!
Walmart Corporate Changes
Walmart stopped selling eroticized child nudity books after we exposed their involvement. They then met with NCOSE to begin dialog about how to change other retail offerings that promote sexual exploitation.
Overstock.com Policy Victory
With the threat of being put on NCOSE’s Dirty Dozen List, Overstock cleaned their website of all hardcore pornography items and instituted policy prohibiting sales in the future.
JetBlue banned the sale of pornographic magazines in their terminal at JFK Airport and is looking into instituting this policy at other airports across the country. We will continue to levy this relationship for further progress!