April 3, 2017

Action Alert: Ask the DOJ to Enforce the Law

Did you know that existing federal obscenity laws prohibit the distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses or other retail shops?

I was once in charge of enforcing these laws for the U. S. Department of Justice and I know how effective they can be!

The idea that distributing hardcore pornography is actually illegal may seem unbelievable to some but that’s because obscenity laws have been unenforced for over 8 years!

Enforcing obscenity laws would significantly stem the current public health crisis caused by pornography. Right now, children across America are being unintentionally exposed to pornography, and research shows that pornography is linked to neurological harms in children – and adults – and to sexual exploitation of children, to increased violence against women, and to increased porn-induced sexual dysfunction, as well as a host of other ills.

If obscenity laws had been routinely enforced over the past decade, I know that we would not be facing the degree of harm that we currently are experiencing in America.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to enforce federal laws prohibiting the distribution of obscene pornography but he needs our help and strong support. He and his staff need to know that America will stand with them for the sake of our families and for our country once they start prosecuting illegal pornography distributors.

Will you tell Attorney General Sessions that you will stand with him against the porn distributors on the Internet and elsewhere?

Call to Action:

Please email Attorney General Sessions’ team here, to thank him for his commitment to enforcing obscenity laws, and to encourage him to take swift action.


The law is a great teacher, and I believe obscenity law enforcement could be a great asset to our movement to defend dignity!

Patrick A. Trueman, Esq.

CEO & President

As president, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies that facilitate sexual exploitation through the Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project, educates executives, galvanizes public attention, and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission, and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.

On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition, which boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 41 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including in the United States Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South American, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.

Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the United States Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago. He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children, Patrick, Claire, and Elizabeth.



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