January 19, 2017

Defending Dignity Newsletter – 2016 Highlights

Dear Friend of NCOSE,

Do you long for a more innocent time—a time when sexually explicit imagery didn’t confront you at the grocery store, and when hardcore pornography wasn’t on offer at the hotel where you and your family go for vacation? Does your heart mourn for the children being exposed to unimaginably violent and degrading pornography on their smart phones and by their friends at school? Does your heart ache for the countless families that have been broken due to pornography addiction, and for the beautiful lives shattered in the production of it?

If so, we have a lot in common.

I join with you in longing for a society that seeks to protect the innocent, shield the vulnerable, preserve the sacred, and safeguard the dignity in us all.

Like you, I’m deeply saddened by all the pain and suffering caused by pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation like sexual assault, child sexual abuse, prostitution, and sex trafficking.

But I also hold fast to the belief that we can transform our culture!

It won’t be easy, but we can restore our homes, communities, and country, to a time of public decency, mutual respect, and regard for the safety and wellbeing of others.

That’s why I’m excited to share with you news of the many successes we at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) are achieving in our efforts to turn the tide on sexual exploitation. In the pages that follow, you’ll see how from cleaning up grocery store checkout lanes and hotel on-demand movie offerings, to championing the national discourse on the public health harms of pornography, helping to achieve important victories in the American judicial system, and galvanizing the movement against sexual exploitation, NCOSE is proving that we can turn the tide.

Sexual toxicity, abuse, and exploitation become inevitable facts of life only when we give up. But, there’s too much that’s on the line, too much that’s beautiful and radiant in life, to ever give up the fight.

So if you aspire to end sexual objectification and violence, read on!

You’ll be inspired to see what is possible when the shared vision of a world free from sexual exploitation brings people together.

Download the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Defending Dignity 2016 Newsletter Here to Learn More About the Victories and Progress of our Movement

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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