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

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Hawkins is CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, the leading organization exposing the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation, including sex trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and child sexual abuse. Dawn’s energy, creativity and mobilization skills are deployed to build a world free from sexual violence, with freedom and human dignity for all.

Dawn is deeply committed to bipartisan political solutions at the federal and state level. Her issue expertise, visionary initiatives, and innovative strategy have led to groundbreaking change in the legislative arena and in multimillion-dollar corporate policies.

Dawn has been instrumental in re-imaging the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. She has centered the need to address buyer demand for commercial sex, called out corporate entities facilitating exploitation through the annual Dirty Dozen List, fostered an international movement, and constantly: advocates for survivors. Her work has sparked change at Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, the Department of Defense, Instagram, TikTok, and other influential firms. Dawn has appeared on many 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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