June 15, 2016

Standing for Dignity at the White House Summit on “The United State of Women”

This week I had the opportunity to attend the White House Summit on “The United State of Women” held in DC. This represents a significant step forward in our efforts to expose the impact of pornography on individuals, families, and culture, and efforts to connect the dots between all forms of exploitation. A few of the victories I want to highlight include:

  1. I was nominated to attend as a “changemaker” impacting women’s equality in America. An invitation to be at the table representing our issues is an accomplishment that was difficult to achieve.
  2. I was able to meet and start promising strategic relationships with a few WhiteHouse_UnitedStateofWomen_Obamanew, influential organizations that we haven’t partnered with previously. You’ll see results from this soon!
  3. At a time when the nation is struggling to understand and solve the problem of sexual violence, it is astounding that our policy makers have ignored or are just ignorant to the role pornography plays in fueling it. Unfortunately, there was little talk about concrete ways to prevent it. When I mentioned the role pornography plays to a few of the speakers and during one of the events, it was as though something clicked for them and they all commented that it makes sense and they want to learn more about it.

On another note, an unfortunate opportunity to educate the public presented itself this week and helped us make the irrefutable point that pornography and sexual violence are linked. It came as a result of the recent sentencing of convicted rapist and former Stanford student Brock Turner. No one disagreed with my points on this subject at the White House Summit.

Click here to read our press statement on Brock Turner and pornography’s impact on campus sexual assault.

Be encouraged fellow fighters for dignity! We are taking the fight for freedom from sexploitation to new and powerful places!

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

 

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

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