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Science and research now show a wide range of harm caused by pornography, including direct links to increased demand for sex trafficking, child sexual exploitation and violence against women. Pornography affects the developing brains and shapes the sexual templates of children. It also contributes to the rise in sexual dysfunction now experienced by many young men and can be tied to the normalization of dangerous sexual behaviors. It is time to address the public health crisis resulting from pornography.

National Center on Sexual Exploitation hosted an influential symposium right in the U.S. Capitol building on July 14, 2015, presenting compelling research and arguments about the public health crisis from pornography, specifically how pornography fuels sex trafficking, child exploitation and sexual violence. The room was packed to the maximum capacity with representatives from Congress and other influential government leaders, along with members of the press, leaders in the movement, and the general public. The room was overflowing to the point that we regretfully had to turn some people away, which proves that we are at a turning point on this issue. Nearly everyone has been affected and many are looking for leadership on how to turn the tide.

Video of the packed July 14, 2015 Symposium at the U.S. Capitol:

Members of Congress

  • Recognize that there is a public health crisis.
  • Request and organize Congressional Hearings on this topic.
  • Encourage vigorous enforcement of all laws prohibiting sexual exploitation, including adult obscenity laws which prohibit distribution of hardcore pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, in hotels/motels, in retail shops and by common carrier.
  • Issue a public statement about pornography as a public health crisis, or as a factor driving other forms of sexual exploitation. Ideas include: Give NCSE a quote to share, write an op-ed, include in a speech, make a short video statement
  • Keep these facts in mind as new legislation is created. Try to work in the issue of pornography in efforts to curb demand for sex trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation.
  • Explore the “opt-in” option in the framework of U.S. law and encourage U.S. Internet providers to adopt such policies.

Press

  • Investigate how pornography effects and influences sexual violence, child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other forms of sexual exploitation when covering these issues.

Public

  • Contact your elected representatives in Congress to request a hearing on this issue. Send an email here.
  • Write and submit letters to the editor of your local newspapers about this issue, mentioning the need for a Congressional hearing.
  • Urge that laws prohibiting sexual exploitation be enforced. Some details about obscenity laws here.

2015 Speakers

Click on the presentation titles to download a PDF version of the speakers’ remarks.

Jerome Elam

President & CEO

Trafficking in America Task Force

Trafficked Boys: Invisible Victims of HT

Lena Walther

Consul of Sweden to Nevada

Co-Founder of Awareness Is Prevention

The Effectiveness of The Swedish Model

Dave Betz

Director of Accreditation

National Children’s Alliance

Child Victims: How We Are Serving Our Most Vulnerable Population

dr donna hughes

Donna M. Hughes, Ph.D.

Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies, Professor Gender and Women’s Studies and Criminology and Criminal Justice Programs, University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence; AND PANEL: Bright Light on the Red Light: Exposing the Harms of Legal & Deregulated Prostitution

Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya

Founder and Executive Director

Honwungsi Consulting Services

Sex Trafficking and Exploitation in Native American Populations

Jay Taylor

Trainer

A Call to Men

Promoting Healthy Manhood in Digital Spaces

Brian Kent

Partner

Laffey, Bucci & Kent

Institutional Sexual Abuse and Harassment: Prevention, Response and Survivor’s Rights and Remedies

Beverly Hallberg

President

District Media Group

On-Camera Television Training

Karla Bruno

Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

Leadership Institute

You Can’t Save the World If You Can’t Pay the Rent: Real Fundraising for Real Change

Stephen Rowe

Deputy Director of Digital Training

Leadership Institute

Social Media in Public Policy

Chris McKenna

Founder

Protect Young Eyes

Before They Need It: How To Promote Prevention for Families and Children

Tiffany Short, MSW, LCSW

Child Victim Program Coordinator

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victim Assistance Division Child Victim Services Unit

Email Your Members

 Ask Your Representatives in Congress to Address These Issues

News

There were over 90 favorable news articles about the event. Here are a few.

Report of NCOSE’s 2017 Efforts to Defend Dignity

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The Utah Resolution Calling Pornography a Public Health Crisis Passed the State House of Representatives

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