NCOSE Urges Congress to Pass “Speak Out Act” and “Stop Human Trafficking in School Zones Act”

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WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2022) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) supports the Speak Out Act (HR 8227) and the Stop Human Trafficking in School Zones Act (HR 7566) and urged Congress to pass both bills.

The Speak Out Act is designed to minimize pressure on victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment to sign non-disclosure agreements that bar them from judicial remedy. “For the first time, victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault will not be silenced by non-disclosure agreements, which provide cover for harassers and sexual abusers. This will enable victims to pursue legal action,” said Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

The Stop Human Trafficking in School Zones Act will increase penalties for human trafficking in a school zone. “Our children deserve the utmost protection from those who would exploit them,” Hawkins said.

About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national non-partisan organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography.

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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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