December 22, 2016

7 Gifts to Fight #Sexploitation This Holiday Season

They say it is better to give than to receive, but we think you can fight sexploitation doing both! Check out these products from our shop and our allies. They make great gifts and they help fight for a good cause.

1. Becaupc1se we all need more t-shirts, check out this advocacy wearable shirt from NCOSE’s shop. Become an abolitionist and advance the movement through this hard hitting t-shirt. Softer than you can believe and flattering on all fighters, give one to all of your friends (and get one yourself, we won’t tell!).

pc22. Apparel and Swag from Fight The New Drug. Our friends at FTND have this iconic t-shirt. Their motto, “Porn Kills Love” is a message we profoundly espouse here at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Give this shirt to someone you love, and snag one for yourself!

pc33. The Scents of Freedom. Our allies at Free the Captives in Houston, Texas help teen trafficking survivors to build a skill set after they exit the life. These candles not only smell incredible, but they also help these incredible young women become financially literate and independent, as they make the profits sold from the candles as income.

pc44. Looking for a research-backed summary of the harmful effects of pornography as well as a personal narrative? Look no further than Wack by Noah Church. This book explains the physiological and psychological harms of pornography as well as gives you a guide to beat addiction built from experience and research.

pc55. Check out this Filtering Software from Covenant Eyes! For either individual or family use, Covenant eyes is the top filtering software available. Keep unwanted sexually explicit material from entering your home or your family’s home through this affordable gift. (P.S. They have a free ebook download of Your Brain on Porn available.)

pcvidangel6. Here’s something everyone can enjoy! Tired of sexually explicit movies or movies with too much foul language or gratuitous violence? VidAngel is here to help! VidAngel lets you purchase a movie for $20, then filter out anything you’re not comfortable watching (i.e. sex scenes) and then allows you to return it for $19 back. Give the gift of non-awkward movie watching to your friends or family. “It’s only one bleeping dollar.”

pcverizon7. Turn your holiday party into an activist party! Order these Verizon Postcards from the End Exploitation shop and get a group to write together to ask Verizon to stop allowing hardcore and obscene pornography be shown on their cable network, which is illegal. Taking action against #sexploitation and spending time with those you love? #priceless

Whether you end up with these products in your stocking or under your tree, we guarantee your holiday will be equal parts advocacy and amazing.

Madison Darling

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Madison advances mission of NCOSE through ensuring compliance with local and federal nonprofit regulations, optimizes office processes for efficiency and effectiveness, manages relationships with office service providers, conducts the Defender Program as well as the Hill Society, coordinates the Sexual Justice Advocate Intern Program, and helps support the organization’s development efforts. Madison also speaks regularly on activism theory and techniques, the impact of community groups on fighting sexual exploitation, and the public health harms of pornography.

Madison has been working in non profit operations since 2010, when she founded and ran the Suicide Prevention Organization (SPO), an organization which was recognized by the Alabama Department of Public Health as a community leader on teen suicide prevention in the educational setting, serves as the basis for pending Alabama legislation, and is currently entering its eighth year of active operation. During her time leading SPO, Madison traveled across the state of Alabama giving over three hundred presentations on the topic of teen suicide prevention as well as on starting similar programs using sustainable methods. Madison then continued onto Blanket Fort Hope as the Education Coordinator, where she developed a training curriculum on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. Additionally, Madison owned and operated a sole proprietorship, Darling Matters, where she was approached by the Birmingham Police Department to build a peer-to-peer mentoring program to improve officer wellbeing. After building out the framework for this program, Madison went on to construct then execute the first ever Alabama Forensic Institute for the University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences, which continues teaching public speaking skills to high school students and connecting them with college scholarships today.

Madison earned a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Alabama (magna cum laude with University Honors). Madison is certified in Mental Health First Aid by Mental Health America, and is a registered notary in the District of Columbia. She relocated to Washington, D.C. in August of 2016 and when not at the office, Madison enjoys taking in a comedy show, finding the best local ice cream places, and relaxing on her front porch with a good book.

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