The Problem

Tragically, sexual exploitation is a prominent issue in all of the United States military branches.

The U.S. military not only experiences frequent high-profile scandals of sexual assault or rape, but its personnel also regularly experience cases of rampant sexual harassment, pornography use, revenge pornography, strip club patronage, and purchasing of prostituted or sex trafficked victims.

Meaningful actions the military could take to improve this systemic culture of sexploitation include developing and enforcing a code prohibiting the patronizing of strip clubs, instituting mandatory training that addresses the harms of pornography consumption, developing and providing treatment programs for personnel struggling with sexually compulsive behaviors, and instituting routine audits and removal of pornography found on military computers, storage drives, work areas, and officer’s clubs across all branches of the armed services.

Pornography is a major contributor to the culture of sexual assault and harassment in the military.

We receive a steady stream of comments from servicemen and women and their spouses regarding the widespread availability of pornography in the U.S. Military, especially while on deployments overseas. In addition, The Military Honor and Decency Act requires the U.S. Department of Defense to remove all sexually explicit materials sold or rented by the exchange services, commissaries, and the U.S. Navy ships’ stores. However, until 2013 the Department of Defense allowed pornographic magazines to be sold across all military branches.

In 2013, after consistent public pressure from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation including being placed on its Dirty Dozen List, the Department of Defense stopped selling pornography on Army and Airforce bases. The Navy branch of the military still allows pornography to be sold on base.

Scandals of revenge pornography and non-consensual nude photo sharing have plagued the military.

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Research about the harms of pornography shows that pornography use is linked to increased sexual aggression, belief in rape myths, and even to increased rates of sexual violence.

Many military personnel frequently patron strip clubs, illicit massage parlors, and purchase sex both at home and abroad, all of which directly foster and promote sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

It’s time to recognize that individuals cannot objectify, demean, and use women sexually in one area of their life, and then respect, obey and cooperate with them in the workplace without any consequences.

Efforts to address the problem of sexual exploitation in the military cannot be successful unless they take the full spectrum of sexual exploitation into account.


NCOSE Campaigns

It is time for the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce existing federal laws against illegal pornography distributors and producers.

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NCOSE’s Law Center exists to help state prosecutors address obscenity cases and to help city and county councils ward off sexually oriented businesses.

This groundbreaking campaign serves to shed a light on the victimization of boys and men, regarding all forms of sexual exploitation.

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This podcast is an on-the-go educational resource to learn more about all issues of sexual exploitation.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has developed this agenda to provide Congress and the executive branch with critical recommendations that combat sexual exploitation and preserve human dignity.


U.S. Navy Submarine Commander Demoted After Purchasing Prostituted Women

A United States Navy submarine commander was demoted last summer after he admitted to hiring prostituted women while stationed in the Philippines.  The Navy was quick to act in taking disciplinary action against the commander, who abused his power/money to exploit women, once the accusations were proven true. Sexual exploitation in the military is tragically […]

NCOSE 2018 Impact Report: The Fall of Online Trafficking Titan Backpage; Walmart Removes Cosmo; Comcast Safer for Kids; And More!

2018 was our most successful year to date, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Whether your support was financial, taking actions through our website, praying for our movement, sharing our social media posts, or simply telling your friend about the issue of sexual exploitation, you helped make 2018 the strongest year for our organization […]

Resources for Individuals in Commercial Sexual Exploitation

We care about the safety and well-being of those in the sex trade, ie: prostitution, stripping, escorting, pornography, and more. If you or someone you know has been exploited, abused or in other ways victimized, here are some places to find support and help. This website hosts a list of resources may be able to […]

The Reason The Military’s Revenge Porn Problem Hasn’t Gone Away

Perhaps predictably, the military has yet to adequately address their sexual harassment epidemic. In the spring of last year, Congress passed a law outlawing the “nonconsensual” posting of intimate photos online by anyone affiliated with the U.S. Military. This action followed March 2017 news of an image-based sexual abuse scandal—referred to popularly as “Marines United”— […]

New Report Reveals Top U.S. Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site

Were you aware that our military and government may have a revenge-porn crisis on their hands? Unfortunately, this is not a new problem — military culture is rampant with sexual assault and abuse. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has worked with the military to help eradicate sexual exploitation by our service members and military personnel. We have […]

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