June 5, 2019

2019 CESE Summit Seeks to Unite and Bolster Efforts to Protect Women, Children, and Men from Sexual Exploitation

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit is taking place at the Hyatt Regency Dulles just outside Washington, D.C. on June 12-15. The event is hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and it is bringing several hundred attendees together from across the United States and from at least 15 different countries.

“Tragically, sexual exploitation impacts every community in America, from pornography, to sex trafficking, sexual violence, child sexual abuse, and more. The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Summit provides a cohesive and comprehensive platform for addressing the full spectrum of these and other sexual harms,” said Dawn Hawkins, Senior VP and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

“The goal of the CESE Summit is to expose the seamless connections between all forms of sexual exploitation,’” Hawkins continued. “Most advocates rightly specialize and focus on one issue. However, it’s also invaluable to take a step back and get a panoramic view of the entire complex problem of sexual exploitation. For example, we recognize that pornography plays a role in increasing the demand for sex trafficking, and that pornography is linked to increases in sexual violence. We also know that child sexual abuse often predates an individual’s entry into prostitution and that things like sexting make many adolescents vulnerable to revenge porn or sexual extortion. The CESE Summit is the place we make these connections, and learn how diverse disciplines can work together to create a stronger movement.”


Topics to be addressed include:

  • Prostitution
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Sexualized Media
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sexualization of Children
  • Public Health Impacts of Pornography
  • Implications of Decriminalizing Prostitution
  • Racial Discrimination and Sexual Exploitation

With more than 50 distinguished speakers, 2019 CESE Summit highlights will include:

Activist Julie Bindel, a reporter and author whose work includes 2017’s The Pimping of Prostitution, will be one of the first to speak during the general sessions as she gives a talk about the disaster of legalization and the rise of the abolitionist model.

“A Population of Slaves: How the Pornography Industry is Capturing our Brains, Hearts, and Humanity” – Donald Hilton, Jr., MD, FACS, FAANS, University of San Antonio

Patty Wetterling, activist and mother to kidnapping and murder victim Jacob Wetterling, will speak at the Thursday night awards dinner regarding the continuum of child sexual abuse.

“Why Prevention Is the Smarter, Cheaper Way to End Sexual Exploitation” – Kristen Jenson, Protect Young Minds

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will speak at the Friday night banquet concerning the ways online connectivity has subtly taught us how to exploit ourselves.

“Restorative Justice and Circles to Address Sexual Harm” – Cordelia Anderson, Sensibilities, Inc.


“The CESE Summit is really eye-opening in a number of ways. It’s also so nice that such a diverse group of people can come together to work to end exploitation.” ~ Natale McAneney, Fight the New Drug

“The CESE Summit will break your heart and then put it back together sealed with hope for a better future.” ~ Darlene, Survivor Advocate

“For someone looking to be involved in the fight for human dignity and the abolition of the sexual exploitation industry, this is THE one event you most certainly CANNOT afford to miss.” ~ Marco Peres, Florida Activist

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