Media Advisory: National Briefing at the U.S. Capitol -The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda

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WHO: National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)

EVENT: The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda—Policy Recommendations on Sex Trafficking, Sexual Violence, Child Exploitation & Pornography

WHEN: 1:00-4:30 pm ET, March 20, 2017

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Auditorium, Washington DC


America suffers from systemic sexual exploitation which necessitates a comprehensive plan.

Sex trafficking, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, pornography and more, detrimentally impact American citizens, families, and communities. Evidence supports the fact that these forms of sexual abuse overlap and reinforce one another, yet the federal government primarily operates as if these issues exist in a vacuum.

For this reason, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation presents Congressional staffers and members of the Executive branch with “The Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda.” This program will educate and outline policy recommendations to address the full spectrum and repercussions of sexual exploitation.

This plan will offer robust and critical recommendations to powerfully combat sexual exploitation, protect human rights, and preserve human dignity.


1:00 – 2:15pm What Is at Stake—Understanding the Individual and Societal Harms of Sexual Exploitation

  • It Can’t Wait: Exposing the Connections between forms of Sexual Exploitation – Dawn Hawkins, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
  • Growing Up with Porn: The Developmental and Societal Impact of Pornography on Children – Dr. Gail Dines, Ph.D., Wheelock College and Culture Reframed
  • Panel: Personal Impact Stories
    • Twisting Masculinity: The Harms of Pornography to Young Boys and Men – Gabe Deem, Reboot Nation
    • Two Questions, the Same Answer: the Role of Demand in Prostitution and Sex Trafficking – Shamere McKenzie, Salvation Army

2:30 – 4:30pm What Can be Done—Policy Recommendations for the New Administration and Congress

  • The Public Health Harms of Pornography: The Brain, Sexual Violence, and Erectile Dysfunction – John Foubert, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University and National President of One in Four
  • Federal Obscenity Laws and How to Enforce Them – Patrick Trueman, National Center on Sexual Exploitation
  • The Necessity of Combating the Demand for Commercial Sex – Laura Lederer, Global Centurion
  • Inextricably Bound: The Link Between Strip Clubs, Prostitution, and Human Trafficking and What our Military Must Do – Dan O’Bryant, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard College
  • Why We Must Oppose the Full Decriminalization of Prostitution – Taina Bien-Aimé, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
  • Amend the Communications Decency Act to Protect Victims of Sexual Exploitation – Samantha Vardaman, Shared Hope International
  • Best Practices for Preventing and Responding to Campus Sexual Assault: The Value and Benefits of Title IX – Mahri Irvine, Ph.D., Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault RSVP at


Press passes are available to members of the media who are credentialed for the U.S. Capitol.

The Numbers


NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.


NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.



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