Guiding Values

As members of the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) we believe that diverse and multi-disciplinary collaboration, activism, prevention, and education are key to eradicating the multi-faceted and wide-ranging web of sexual abuse and exploitation. Therefore, we embrace the following guiding values:

Dignity

Every human being, regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic status, age, ability, or other factors, possesses inherent human dignity and therefore has a right to live free from the harms of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Healthy Sexuality

Respect, intimacy, mutuality, responsibility, and love are integral aspects of healthy sexuality.

Intersectionality

Sexual abuse and exploitation thrive when responses to these harms fail to account for the interconnections between all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. Accordingly, we actively foster multidisciplinary education and cross-collaboration between experts and organizations addressing all forms of sexual harm.

Authentic Consent

The commodification of sex acts is inherently exploitive and incompatible with authentic consent and mutual desire in sexual relationships. Accordingly, forms of paid/transactional sex such as sex trafficking, prostitution, illicit massage, “sugar” relationships, pornography, webcamming, and stripping are inherently incongruous with authentic healthy sexual relationships.

Survivor Leadership

We value and seek the leadership and expertise of survivors of all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. Their voices inform our understanding and guide the way for meaningful change.

Unity in Diversity.

The movement against sexual abuse and exploitation must be rooted in a spirit of collaboration and common purpose among all those who share a vision for a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation. Therefore, we do not limit membership in CESE on the basis of personal politics, religion, or worldview. We always strive to maintain a non-partisan, non-sectarian, and singular focus on sexual abuse and exploitation issues, recognizing that working together on our shared concerns creates the greatest amount of progress. This includes collaboration among efforts focused on prevention, education, therapeutic services, policy, grassroots activism, direct services, medical services, and more.

Abolitionism

We are committed to the elimination of all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation (e.g., sexual assault, intimate partner sexual violence, rape, incest, child sexual abuse, child sexual abuse images, child-on-child harmful sexual behavior, pornography, pornography exposure abuse, deepfake pornography, cyber flashing, sextortion, upskirting, spycamming, “sugar” relationships, illicit massage, prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual objectification). This includes ending the demand for all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Hope

We are founded on the hope and belief that the darkness of sexual abuse and exploitation will not extinguish the light of human dignity.

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More About CESE

The Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE) is focused on bringing a variety of people together to solve and end the complex social issue of sexual exploitation, including pornography, sex trafficking, prostitution, child exploitation, sexual violence, and more.

In order to do this, CESE unites the efforts of like-minded organizations and leaders across the world in a loose coalition. As of December 2016 there are more than 300 national, state and local organizations in the Coalition. The missions of coalition members address the following:

  • Child advocacy and Internet safety leaders
  • Pro-family organizations
  • Prevention & education groups
  • Women’s rights and feminist activists
  • Recovery groups for survivors, addicts, loved ones
  • Law enforcement
  • Mental health and science experts
  • Anti-trafficking groups
  • State policy groups
  • Technology and filtering companies
  • and more…

We need strong, united leadership in order to galvanize a successful movement that will defend human dignity. Many groups around the world address specific needs and challenges in this fight. However, work and resources are often duplicated; groups are unaware of what others are doing, and many are working in isolation, constantly reinventing the wheel rather than improving or building upon existing strategies. As members of the coalition, we can create a unified front when faced with seemingly insurmountable issues in our field. If this is an issue that matters to you, we invite you to join with us to end sexual exploitation.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), director of CESE Coalition, hosts an annual Summit for leaders and concerned citizens in an effort to facilitate strategy, collaboration, networking, and training on the latest research and messaging tactics. NCOSE maintains an email list of leaders and regularly sends out announcements from CESE members and hosts webinars for movement leaders to provide deeper insight into various aspects of the fight. NCOSE also regularly spearheads joint advocacy projects, inviting CESE members to join when possible.