We are excited to have a new person on the NCOSE Team: Ben Miller.
As Digital Strategies Coordinator, Ben raises awareness for issues of sexual exploitation through digital media, email marketing, and website development. He works to create a community of activists who are enthusiastic about combating sexual exploitation and changing culture.
Here’s a note from him:
I’m excited to join the team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation because I know NCOSE can and has made an impact in fighting sexual exploitation. During college, I saw the impact of these issues first-hand. Notifications about sexual assaults on campus came multiple times a school year, degrading forms of sexuality were promoted as ‘normal’, objectification of women was commonplace (particularly in Greek culture), and many students were wounded from a history of exposure to pornography and sexually explicit content. I came to realize that sexual exploitation is a much bigger web of issues than people think, and it, unfortunately, isn’t talked about nearly as much as it should be (especially amongst young people like myself). Learning about NCOSE and their work brought me great joy. Someone was actually bringing light to these issues – and having lots of success! NCOSE has had a plethora of great victories (such as Dirty Dozen List corporate policy changes and FOSTA-SESTA), and I hope to contribute to many more. I have seen the darkness of sexual exploitation, but now I see the radiance of NCOSE’s victories and movement-building. That’s why it is a great honor to be a part of this team.
A little about Ben:
Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He graduated with Honors in the Liberal Arts and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During his college career, Ben spent a semester studying in Washington, D.C. and interned for a member of Congress. On campus, he actively sought to change Greek culture, especially with respect to sexual exploitation, through his membership in Phi Kappa Theta fraternity. Ben also supported his peers who were afflicted by the harms of pornography through a weekly men’s purity group.
Ben’s deep commitment to fighting sexual exploitation was ignited in part by the work done by NCOSE. While writing a research literature review for a public policy class in college, he came across Porn Harms Research and the initiatives being carried out by NCOSE. Ben, a strong anti-pornography activist at the time, began to learn more about the connections between all forms of exploitation and how prominent these issues are in today’s society. He devoted himself to raising awareness about the web of sexual exploitation and is deeply grateful for the work NCOSE has done on these issues. Ben is excited to be a part of the team at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and to contribute to this important cause.