June 5, 2019

Follow the 2019 CESE Summit Online

I can hardly contain my excitement as I write this email! The Fifth Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) Global Summit starts next week!

The CESE Global Summit brings together over 60 top speakers presenting their research, innovative strategies, and lasting solutions. More than 600 leaders from around the world will be in attendance! We’re gathering the top leaders to strategize on the public health harms of pornography, how to combat the demand for sex trafficking and prostitution, how to better help individuals and families in prevention and healing—and more!

Topics will include a wide range of issues on sexual exploitation and abuse, from the impact of pornography on the brain, to abuse in foster care, to drug addiction’s connection to sex trafficking, child-on-child sexual abuse, the sexual exploitation of males, and so much more.

And I’m not writing just to brag about how great this event will be—I’m writing to invite you, virtually! 

We will live stream most events in the LURAY Ballroom on Facebook, including general session talks all day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. (See the agenda here.) Tune in on Facebook to get this inside peek into the Summit!

You can also participate in the Summit virtually by following us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram and by following the hashtags #CESESummit and #EndExploitation on most social media platforms.

This Summit is going to change lives—activism campaigns will come out of it, countries that don’t understand the harms of pornography will be educated, and leaders will collaborate.

AND ANNOUNCING! You can purchase a ticket for the 2020 CESE Global Summit for 50% off if you purchase it this month: endsexualexploitation.org/cesesummit2020

Please consider a donation today to support culture-changing events like this one—our fiscal year end is June 30th, and we want to have the budget to host another Summit in the future!


Topics to be addressed include:

  • Prostitution
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Sexualized Media
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Sexualization of Children
  • Public Health Impacts of Pornography
  • Implications of Decriminalizing Prostitution
  • Racial Discrimination and Sexual Exploitation

With more than 50 distinguished speakers, 2019 CESE Summit highlights will include:

Activist Julie Bindel, a reporter and author whose work includes 2017’s The Pimping of Prostitution, will be one of the first to speak during the general sessions as she gives a talk about the disaster of legalization and the rise of the abolitionist model.

“A Population of Slaves: How the Pornography Industry is Capturing our Brains, Hearts, and Humanity” – Donald Hilton, Jr., MD, FACS, FAANS, University of San Antonio

Patty Wetterling, activist and mother to kidnapping and murder victim Jacob Wetterling, will speak at the Thursday night awards dinner regarding the continuum of child sexual abuse.

“Why Prevention Is the Smarter, Cheaper Way to End Sexual Exploitation” – Kristen Jenson, Protect Young Minds

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat will speak at the Friday night banquet concerning the ways online connectivity has subtly taught us how to exploit ourselves.

“Restorative Justice and Circles to Address Sexual Harm” – Cordelia Anderson, Sensibilities, Inc.


“The CESE Summit is really eye-opening in a number of ways. It’s also so nice that such a diverse group of people can come together to work to end exploitation.” ~ Natale McAneney, Fight the New Drug

“The CESE Summit will break your heart and then put it back together sealed with hope for a better future.” ~ Darlene, Survivor Advocate

“For someone looking to be involved in the fight for human dignity and the abolition of the sexual exploitation industry, this is THE one event you most certainly CANNOT afford to miss.” ~ Marco Peres, Florida Activist

Dawn Hawkins

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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