Mark Halperin
October 26, 2017

How Do We Address Sexual Harassment in Our Culture?

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the resignation of Amazon Studio’s Chief Roy Price, as well as similar developments in Silicon Valley, senior political analyst Mark Halperin resigned from both NBC and MSNBC over his alleged sexual harassment of several women. At the National Center on Sexual Exploitation we are reiterating our call for real cultural change and a recognition by the media, our political leaders, and society at large, of the root causes of these men’s sense of sexual entitlement. 

How many high profile cases of sexual harassment or abuse will come to light before our society starts questioning the root cause of many men’s widespread sense of sexual entitlement? The alleged sexual offenses committed by Harvey Weinstein, Roy Price, Mark Halperin and others just like them are not occurring in a vacuum. These events should springboard a robust cultural conversation about the factors driving these types of sexual abuses, which countless men in our nation have committed and countless women have suffered.

Hollywood and mainstream corporations bear weighty responsibility for creating a culture of sexual exploitation and perpetuating the idea that sexual assault and harassment are entertainment. HBO’s Game of ThronesWestworld, and The Deuce have routinely normalized these abuses. Companies such as Comcast and Verizon sell hardcore pornography with racist, incest, and violent themes. Amazon too sells pornography. 

The American public is demanding an end to sexual entitlement and harassment, but we cannot expect significant change if we continue to embrace the Hollywood and corporate culture that normalizes and promotes sexual exploitation.

HBO, Comcast, and Amazon are listed on NCOSE’s 2017 Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation. Learn more at: DirtyDozenList.com.

Haley McNamara (Halverson)

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley McNamara (formerly Halverson) is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Most notably, she promotes corporate social responsibility by constructing annual activism campaigns like the Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream private companies that facilitate sexual exploitation. Her advocacy work has contributed to instigating policy improvements in the native online advertising, retail, and hotel industries.

She is a former member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She has provided training to Arlington County Child & Family Services on the social media grooming, recruitment, and advertising for sex trafficking. She has a Master of Arts in Government from Johns Hopkins University where she received honors for her thesis regarding the online commercial sexual exploitation marketplace.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Washington Examiner, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and ViolenceShe has also contributed to a digital middle school curriculum regarding the links between sex trafficking and pornography as well as the public health impacts of sex trafficking.

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