Katherine Blakeman

Katherine Blakeman

Director of Communications

Katherine Blakeman joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in August of 2017.  She works to foster a community of people who want to restore human dignity and end sexual exploitation through digital outreach and social media marketing.  Katherine also develops digital, communications, and press strategies for the organization in an effort to engage with an increasingly broader audience.

Prior to joining NCOSE, Katherine served as Communications Director for two members of Congress and previously as the Communications Deputy at Heritage Action for America, where she blogged, conducted social media outreach, and joined radio shows across the country to discuss the organization’s priorities and goals.

Katherine participated in the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute fellowship at the United Nations Youth Conference in July of 2011, which sparked in her a passion for human rights issues and for speaking out for those living in poverty or a cycle of exploitation, particularly those who suffer from sexual exploitation.

Articles by Katherine Blakeman

Think Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is Empowering to Women? That Requires Mental Acrobatics.

February is here, which means that men all across America will soon be able to feast their eyes on a new crop of one-dimensional, static, nearly-nude images of women they have never and will never meet or dialogue with in person thanks to the 2018 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This will be a huge step forward in […]

Issue: Objectification

In Our Backyard is fighting sex trafficking. Here’s how.

In Our Backyard Founder and Executive Director Nita Belles is an author, a leader in the movement to end sexual exploitation, and a survivor of domestic violence.  She sees the similarities between what a domestic violence victim has to endure and what a victim of sex trafficking endures.  She is passionate about ending sex trafficking […]

Nita Belles of In Our Back Yard

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

Educating Congress on the Connection Between Pornography and Sexual Harassment

National Center on Sexual Exploitation staff have been making rounds on Capitol Hill, visiting with both members of Congress and senators, to educate elected officials and their staff about the connection between pornography consumption and sexual harassment, as well as other forms of sexual exploitation. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and the […]

US Capitol Building

Issue: Sexual Violence

Five Actions You Can Take to Protest Fifty Shades Freed

Despite the fact that we’re living in a #MeToo, #TimesUp culture and trying to combat sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual assault against women, some people somehow still think it’s attractive to glamorize sexual violence against women. That’s exactly what you find in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, and that’s more of when you’ll get […]

Fifty Shades of Grey Is Abuse

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 […]

abuse in the military

Issue: Military

“Time’s Up” for Our Nation’s Children, Too

This article originally appeared in Townhall.com. The Red Carpet at this Sunday’s Golden Globes will be a little more monochromatic than in years past. Many Hollywood actresses will don black to send a message of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement of last October has generated a new initiative, Time’s Up, which […]

Hollywood, #MeToo, and Time's Up

Psychologist Says Teens Need to Stop Asking for Nude Texts

Sexting is a serious and growing problem for teenagers in the digital age. New research from Northwestern University researchers indicates it is especially harmful to young women who often face intense pressure, usually from their male peers, to send explicit photos of themselves. The study found that more than two-thirds of girls between ages 12 […]

texting

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

The Youngest Children Often Suffer the Worst Sexual Abuse

A recent study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) demonstrates a shocking and devastating correlation between age and severity of sexual abuse endured by children and minors. In the images IWF analyzed between January 2014 and September 2017: 63 percent of child sexual abuse material showing children aged zero to two was category A (define), […]

sad child

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Your Brain on Porn

SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography) brain scans of addictive pornography users are alarming. Even to the untrained eye, the brains of pornography addicts are visibly depleted, worse than even the brain scans of heroin addicts. Even more alarming, the region of the brain most depleted by addictive pornography consumption is the prefrontal cortex, the region […]

Brain

Issue: Pornography Harms

How Netflix, HBO & Amazon Normalize Sexual Entitlement

In the wake of several high-profile sexual harassment scandals, from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and Amazon Studio’s Chief Roy Price to actor Kevin Spacey and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, companies and corporations might be taking action to fire or suspend the alleged perpetrators of these actions. Unfortunately, these same companies continue to produce […]

Haley Halverson on EWTN News Nightly to discuss Mark Halperin, Kevin Spacey, #MeToo, and Sexual Harassment

2018 Dirty Dozen: Amazon

Boys and Men Are Victims of Sexual Abuse Too

Today, I joined EWTN’s Teresa Tomeo for her show, Catholic Connection, to discuss the sexual exploitation of boys and men, both in Hollywood and across the nation.  Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, we have heard primarily heard about female victims of sexual abuse and harassment. However, we cannot forget that boys and men are also […]

sex trafficking

Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Exploitation of Boys and Men

Dr. John Foubert on Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo & Moving Forward

Dr. John Foubert has been in the movement to end sexual violence for 25 years. He’s an academic who has written seven books on that topic and another on the harms of pornography. It’s no surprise, then, that I wanted to see what he thought of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the resultant #MeToo grassroots […]

Dr. John Foubert on Harvey Weinstein and ending sexual assault.

2018 Dirty Dozen List: Poster Boys of #MeToo Culture

Trueman Goes to Rome: Child Dignity in the Digital World

World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World During an extraordinary opportunity to spread NCOSE’s message on a global scale, our President Patrick Trueman traveled to Rome for the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World on October 6. The purpose of the Congress was to recognize that there is an unprecedented […]

Patrick Trueman with Pope Francis in Rome

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Defend Dignity, Ending Sexual Exploitation in Canada

I recently had the chance to catch up with our friend and ally, Glendyne Gerrard, of Defend Dignity in Canada.  Defend Dignity has a campaign called “Choose Change” modeled after our Dirty Dozen List, in which they identify organizations and entities that facilitate sexual exploitation through their policies. In one of their recent Choose Change victories, […]

Glendyne Gerrard of Defend Dignity in Canada

Sex Trafficking Victims Support SESTA. Congress Needs to Act.

Sex trafficking victims have a clear message for Congress: Take immediate action to protect us. Do what you must to prevent more women, children, and men from becoming victims of online sex trafficking.  The status quo is failing to protect the most vulnerable.  More than 100 sex trafficking survivors recently sent a letter to Congress […]

Sex trafficking victims

Communications Decency Act

A Pivotal New Goal: Shedding Light on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Men

As our movement works to end sexual exploitation, we must not forget the sexual exploitation of boys and men.  Male victims of sexual abuse, violence, trafficking and more are suffering right here in America today.  And their suffering matters. That is why we are working as a movement and launching concerted efforts — from public […]

sex trafficking

Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Exploitation of Boys and Men

Dr. Sharon Cooper, MD Discusses How Pornography Harms Children

Anyone who suggests pornography is victimless is sorely mistaken, and this fallacious perspective is responsible for harming children across the country. Medical research demonstrating the harms of pornography is abundant and compelling. An excellent place to start is to listen to Sharon Cooper, MD. As a developmental and forensic pediatrician, Dr. Cooper has carefully studied […]

Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit 2014