February 12, 2018

NewsBusters: Sexual Exploitation Org Slams 12 ‘Players’ in #MeToo Culture

A national organization is calling out the media, entertainment figures, and corporations for normalizing sexual exploitation. In doing so, it hopes to inspire Americans to hold them accountable in the #MeToo era.

On Monday, the National Center for Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) released its 2018 Dirty Dozen List at a Washington, D.C. press conference. Since 2013, its annual list has named the “mainstream players in America that perpetuate” such exploitation. This year, that included “four poster boys” of the #MeToo movement – including Harvey Weinstein.

Founded in 1962, NCOSE serves as the “national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation” including child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking, and pornography.

At the event, Director of Communications Katherine Blakeman introduced the “activism campaign” that enables Americans to hold those accountable who normalize sexual exploitation.

“These groups, agencies, and businesses named to the Dirty Dozen List masquerade as respectable, family-friendly entities while simultaneously facilitating access to, or pandering and profiting directly from, pornography, prostitution, and/or sex trafficking,” Blakeman began. “Our Dirty Dozen List makes that public knowledge.”

But this year, as Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach Haley Halverson said, NCOSE decided to break “with tradition” by calling out specific people. She named “four poster boys of the Me Too culture,” or Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, James Franco, and Woody Allen.

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