May 12, 2015

Hope for a Pornified World, Invisible Men, & Soft Core Porn’s Surprising Effects

Can there really be hope in a pornified world?

Sadly, pornography is tearing at the moral fabric of America and threatens our nation, and indeed the world, in many ways. National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s President, Patrick Trueman reminds others that there is still hope and help in his keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference in Salt Lake in 2013. Please know that we are working with more than 280 coalition partner groups and have a plan to lead us out of the pornified world and return to a decent society!


graphic_Men and Boys in trafficking

Invisible Men: Male Victims of Sex Trafficking

Males remain a largely invisible population within the dialogue on sex trafficking. According to a 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, boys comprised about 50 percent of sexually exploited children in a sample study done in New York, with most being domestic victims.

The mainstream media and well-intentioned but misinformed or inadequately trained professionals within the counter-trafficking movement have perpetuated the image of a young, foreign, female victim Experts say that the law enforcement’s attitudes toward male victims are still weighed down by gender biases in trafficking discourse, which pins females as victims and males as perpetrators. Therefore, male victims in custody often fall through the cracks of services that could be offered to help them because they are not properly assessed for sexual exploitation. LEARN MORE HERE.
Can Soft-Core Porn Damage Your Child’s Brain?
Dr. Jenny Brown

A few of Dr. Brown’s findings:

  • Children exposed to sexual images experience “neurological stress” —their brains are simply not mature enough to handle the “neurochemical blitz” brought on by exposure to soft-core porn.
  • The part of their brain called the basal ganglia (we call it the feeling brainwhich is involved with more reflexive, instinctive, and impulsive behavior is made stronger as a child is exposed to more and more sexualized images.
  • As the feeling brain gains strength and efficiency, the pre-frontal cortex (or thinking braindecreases in response to viewing sexually explicit images. Not good because the thinking brain is the part of the brain that “overrides immediate gratification and augments self-control.”
  • Continued exposure to pornography “causes the viewer to become more impulsive and less able to critically think” (among other problems).  READ MORE HERE.


Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.


As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national 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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