March 23, 2015

Major Victory: FCC Enforces Broadcast Decency after Eight Years

Today, for the first time in more than 8 years, The Federal Communications Commission began enforcing the federal law that prohibits profanity and indecency on broadcast TV.

This is a major victory – one that we have worked on for all those 8 years and much, much longer.  Despite more that 1,000,000 public complaints and two U.S. Supreme Court cases that upheld the decency federal law, the FCC has let foul language, partial nudity, and virtually anything else be broadcast even during what used to be called the “family hours” in early evening.


Indecency on TV sexualizes our children and prepares them to become participants in the pornified world that awaits them.  This is exactly why the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), formerly Morality in Media (MIM), has been a leader in the matter of TV indecency for more than 50 years


Today I thank FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and the other four Commissioners for their brave action, charging a TV station in Roanoke, Virginia for putting an actual porn clip on TV.  I believe this action is the start of something big and we will see the FCC much more active in protecting the airwaves.


We worked tirelessly with our friends at Parents Television Council, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family and numerous other groups for this victory.  We made it easy for thousands of you to make your voice heard. We met with key U.S. Senators, and with the FCC Commissioners themselves to get this victory and we filed legal briefs in the key court cases, all the way up to the Supreme Court. 


Most of all we want to thank YOU for making everything we do possible.  We have an aggressive plan to win and know we are backed up by YOU whenever and wherever we carry the fight! 


1. Send a thank you note to the five FCC Commissioners right here:

2. Help continue these efforts! Give a tax-deductible gift to help fund this work today. 

3. Share news about this victory on your social media pages! Here’s our statement if you want to share that.  


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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