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September 26, 2017

Child Exploitation: Solutions for Stemming the Growing Demand

A man in his early 40s called me last week. I’ll call him “Mark” here. He was just released from prison after 10 long years. His crime – sexual abuse of an 8-year-old child. His life is now changed. He’s contrite and became a Christian.

That’s good to hear, but what about the child? What we know for certain is that children suffering sex abuse have lasting damage, perhaps life-long consequences. They sometimes become abusers themselves.

When you see how sexual exploitation causes suffering and damage in the world today, do you feel powerless to make a difference? Is this feeling all the more acute when you consider how many children suffer sexual abuse every day? The truth is, you do have the power to change lives for the better.

Together, Let’s Expose the Connection Between Pornography and Child Sexual Abuse

We know a major, but totally overlooked cause. It is pornography – both child and adult pornography. Mark abused the little 8-year-old girl because he was consumed with illicit desires due to his pornography use, which started when he was just a boy.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the nation’s leading organization curbing demand for pornography – but we need your continued generous help. This week, we are launching a two-week campaign to raise $20,000 now or in monthly giving pledges for a future without sexual exploitation.  These funds are crucial for our future planning.

Your donation of $25, $50, or more today or your monthly donation will go toward our efforts to educate government and other influential leaders on the root factors creating demand for child exploitation. Through our research and press efforts, we are creating more awareness — and moving more leaders to action — to address this growing problem.  Together, let’s end sexual exploitation, one life at a time.

Patrick A. Trueman


Patrick Trueman serves as president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.  He spearheads efforts to address the intersectionality between all forms of sexual exploitation, including the public health crisis of pornography, the demand for commercial sexual exploitation, the abuse of children, and more. 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, a lawyer for more than 40 years, established the organization’s Law Center, to influence the law and our courts to ensure the values of human dignity are represented.

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, managing an office of prosecutors and working with the nation’s ninety-three United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 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 throughout the world to speak about human trafficking and the harms of sexual exploitation.

Mr. Trueman lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman. Laura and Pat Trueman have three children.



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