September 4, 2015

Change Is Happening! #CosmoHarmsMinors Campaign Is Making a Difference

Your voice is making a difference! The #CosmoHarmsMinors campaign is having huge successes!

We have confirmations from Walmart, Rite Aid, and Food Lion that they are movingIMG_6771 this pornographic magazine to be behind blinders and we are hearing from dozens around the country that their local stores are following suit.

Our Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins, stopped by Safeway on her way to the office and saw the magazine behind blinders there! When she thanked the manager for this change, she said it came from the top and not only is Cosmo going to be behind blinders, but it is also supposed to be moved to a lower spot in the rack. VICTORY! We encourage you to snap some pictures and send to us – tell us the store, city and state. Post on our Facebook page or email to public@ncose.com. Also be sure to thank the managers if they have implemented this change! THANK YOU to the many who have helped us on this campaign. We are certainly able to make a difference when we raise our voice.

Cosmopolitan Magazine glamorizes things like public, anal, group, or violent sex in nearly all of their issues. This is a pornographic magazine that gives details descriptions and instructions concerning sex, and occasionally pornographic pictures as well. Results from a 2015 nationwide survey indicate that the majority of Americans agree that Cosmo‘s covers are not appropriate for all ages. We are asking that Cosmo be sold to adults only and have the cover wrapped like all other porn magazines in retail shops.

Here’s the campaign website: http://endsexualexploitation.org/cosmo/

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President & Director, International Centre on Sexual Exploitation

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Director of the International Centre on Sexual Exploitation in the UK, and a Vice President at the U.S. based National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She leads international efforts and joint campaigns to improve policies and education among global governing bodies, citizenry, and corporations regarding the full web of sexual exploitation issues. Her advocacy work has contributed to policy improvements in social media, online advertising, retail, and hotel industries. She has advocated at the United Nations, led international coalition campaigns, presented to Danish, Croatian and Rwandan government officials, and more

She is a former member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for a cultural media outlet. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and ViolenceShe has also contributed to a digital middle school curriculum regarding the links between sex trafficking and pornography as well as the public health impacts of sex trafficking.

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