Ben Forsgren

Ben Forsgren

Ben Forsgren is a Political and Strategy intern at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Ben is a senior at Brigham Young University where he is earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with minors in Philosophy and International Strategy and Diplomacy. Prior to coming to NCOSE, Ben helped lead BYU’s Anti-Human Trafficking Club as an Executive Officer and was a founding member of Utah’s Trafficking in Person’s Higher Education Subcommittee. Ben’s involvement in Utah’s anti-human trafficking efforts lead him to be nominated for a Truman Scholarship for which he qualified as a finalist. In his spare time, Ben enjoys playing chess, volunteering with his church, eating out, and spending time with family.

Articles by Ben Forsgren

White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week: 30 Years Strong

“We care! We count!” Thirty years ago, Norma Norris started a revolution for human dignity with those words. In 1987, much like today, the world seemed determined to tell us that we were an obscure minority in a society that accepted and endorsed pornography and sexual exploitation. While sitting in church listening to Pastor Msgr….

White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week

Issue: Pornography Harms

Why Porn is All Wrong and Why We Must Stop It Together

What’s so wrong with pornography, anyway? In an enthusiastic address to audiences at the 2016 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, Matt Fradd boldly laid out why pornography is inherently wrong, and why we must all unite to fight against it. As an anti-pornography co-author, editor, and national public speaker, as well as a post-graduate…

porn is wrong

Issue: Pornography Harms

Millennials Making a Difference: Our Summer 2017 Interns

Every semester, new interns come to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to learn and to take part in the national movement to defend human dignity. Internships at NCOSE provide energetic and highly motivated individuals the opportunity to address issues of sexual exploitation while gaining new skills through hands-on opportunities that seek to prevent exploitation…

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Twelve Days of Action: Half-Way Through This Year’s Dirty Dozen List

While we’ve had a number of victories, the targets on the 2017 Dirty Dozen List have avoided changing their policies. They are still facilitating sexual exploitation. Examples of minimal progress: Comcast promised to implement changes, but insists on still selling extremely violent pornography. EBSCO Information Services has made some efforts to clean up their K-12 school…

2018 Dirty Dozen: Comcast

House Party’s Rape Myth Mentalities: False justifications by Steam and Eek! Games on their sexual exploitation videogame.

Imagine a world with no laws or standards against sexual exploitation. A world where you can sexually assault, rape, strip, blackmail, or masturbate upon any woman of your choosing. A world where predatory behaviors are encouraged and men are rewarded for acting like human traffickers. This world, with its abuse, sexism, violence, and social debasement,…

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2020 Dirty Dozen_Steam

Remembering Dignity’s Best Advocate: 100th Birthday of Rev. Morton Hill

This month, NCOSE commemorates the 100th birthday of Morton A. Hill, S.J., former president of Morality in Media and cherished friend to human virtue and dignity. To honor him, NCOSE offers the following review of the man he was, the leader he became, and the legacy he left behind. The Man Father Hill’s greatness is…

Rev. Morton Hill's 100th birthday

Issue: Pornography Harms

NCAA World Series Attracts Large Crowds and Sex Trafficking

Baseball fans came in droves to celebrate America’s favorite pastime this month with a record-breaking 357,646 people in attendance at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. However, not all those in attendance had cause for celebration. Among the fans, hidden victims of sex trafficking also headed for Omaha, not to watch the game…

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Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light