December 18, 2012

Victories & Highlights 2013

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2012 Highlights & Victories

  • We launched a boycott of coupon giant Groupon for selling coupons to tour a torture porn studio – in 5 weeks 20,000 people joined, including major companies and we WON! Groupon promised to stop selling coupons for pornographers.
  • We’ve really focused on changing the media’s conversation about pornography. Overwhelmingly popular media and news outlets are regularly addressing the harms andwe (Morality In Media) were in the news every week this year!
  • We launched our Faith Outreach Initiative and received orders formore than 40,000 pamphlets to distribute in churches and synagogues in order to help those struggling with pornography. 
  • Our President Emeritus Robert Peters got the first ever scholarly research article about the links between pornography and sexual trafficking published! It was published in a Johns Hopkins journal and will help significantly as we continue to shed light on these connections.
  • We can’t even count the number of parents, husbands and wives who told us that MIM made a positive difference for them this year. 
  • We got 172 community volunteers to work on our Safe School, Safe Library Project to get porn-blocking filters and policies in schools and libraries. 
  • We developed a comprehensive three-year plan to WIN THE WAR on pornography, not just keep up the battle. 
  • Our close allies in AZ led the charge to get strong laws adopted to prohibit access to pornography in schools and public libraries. The legislation passed unanimously! 
  • We took part in the successful FCC v. Fox indecency case before the U.S. Supreme Court. 
  • MIM’s research site,PornHarmsResearch.com, a unique database of peer-reviewed research articles on the harms from pornography is now accessed daily by people across the globeand used by numerous psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists in their clinical practices.
  • Our Executive Director, Dawn Hawkins, witnessed a man viewing pornography on a plane. Her YouTube video about the experience went viral, which led all airlines (except American Airlines) to agree to address this issue. On top of that, the story wasfeatured on the Sunday front page of the New York Times. 
  • The coalition against pornography that we direct officially grew to 130 national, state and local groups and we work with about 50 more groups on top of that. This means the message is reaching far and wide! 
  • We organized 47 free online events with different experts to educate people about the harms and help people find help. Tens of thousands tuned in from 94 countries!
  • We’ve grown! In the last 18 months, our subscribers have grown 11 times over. Our Facebook page has reached 130,000 Likes. Our staff and board have expanded. We have attended and presented at more than 20 conferences. Our contributions are increasing, along with our influence.
  • We moved our headquarters to Washington, DC so we could be closer to key allies, opinion makers and public officials. This strategy has made all the difference in the success of our many campaigns. 
  • With the help of many supporters,we secured a promise from key members of U.S. Congress to hold an official Congressional Hearing on the pandemic of harmfrom pornography in 2013. 
  • When a NY judge ruled that it is legal for one to view child pornography on the Internet, the rapid response of our thousands of supporters led the NY legislature to immediately pass a bill to close this loophole. 
  • We donated our National Obscenity Law Center archives and MIM’s historical documents to Regent University for preservation and better access for the public.
  • The GOP officially changed their platform to include enforcement ofboth child pornography and obscenity laws.

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