March 17, 2015

Porn Free WiFi Campaign Targets McDonald’s and Starbucks

Over 46,000 Americans and 75 Partner Organizations Join Enough is Enough to Send Urgent Petition

Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2015) – National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) partners with Enough is Enough (EIE) to deliver over 46,500 petition signatures to top executives at McDonald’s and Starbucks, urging the organizations to filter their public Wi-Fi services to block child and hardcore pornography. Over 75 partner organizations representing millions of Americans have also joined EIE’s National “P*rn Free Wi-Fi Campaign.”

“The public health crisis from pornography is now undeniable and we must insist on corporate responsibility to help protect children and patrons from pornography’s harmful reach. Unfiltered Internet access in public locations regularly leads to unintended hardcore pornography exposure and to dangerous situations including sexual violence and harassment,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director, National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE). “Research shows that pornography has a destructive impact on the mental, emotional and sexual health of children, adolescents and adults, including addictive and even criminal behavior,” said Hawkins.

The petitions, delivered before Starbucks’ annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, March 17, 2015, were accompanied by letters to the companies’ respective CEOs and Boards of Directors outlining the ways in which effective filtering policies in U.S. stores would protect children, teens and other patrons from unintended pornography exposure.

“McDonald’s and Starbucks have a unique opportunity to be part of the solution by offering safe porn-free Wi-Fi environments. They already do this in the UK and should value American children just as much,” said Hawkins. “Online pornography fuels the demand for the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children, violence against women, life-long addiction and the breakdown of marriage.” Hawkins said.

Some of the key organizations that have joined EIE’s National “P*rn Free Wi-fi” Campaign representing Internet safety, anti-trafficking, anti-p*rnography and child sex abuse prevention and family groups, include: The National Children’s Advocacy Center, The Salvation Army, The Home School Legal Defense Association, The Family Research Council, The American Family Association, Focus on the Family’s Citizens Link, Parents’ Television Council, The Center for Family & Human Rights, The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) and Concerned Women for America.

To learn more about the National “P*rn Free Wi-Fi Campaign,” please visit www.friendlywifi.org.

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National Center on Sexual Exploitation

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

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