Sommer Porter

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Development Coordinator and Research Associate

Sommer Porter is a graduate of Brigham Young University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in International Development. She is passionate about solving important world issues such as sexual exploitation through non-profit work and advocacy. She has worked with several non-profits, including spending three months conducting a program evaluation for an organization based in Bulgaria. She now works as the Development Coordinator and Research Associate at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in the future.

Articles by Sommer Porter

Pornhub Offering “Premium Content” to People in Quarantine is Exploitative, Not Philanthropic

Pornhub, one of the most-visited websites for online pornography in the world, offered free access to its paid premium content to those quarantined in Italy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not long after that, it extended the same offer to people in France and Spain. Since then, rather than continuing to roll out its troubling…

Pornhub Offering "Premium Content" to People in Quarantine is Exploitative, Not Philanthropic

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Oregon Mom Allegedly Used Snapchat to Groom and Rape a 14-Year-Old Boy

The sexual exploitation of minors is a tragic reality for far too many children in our society. In early December 2019, a 36-year-old woman was arrested in Oregon with multiple sex crime charges. The woman, Rheta Melvin, allegedly used Snapchat to message and solicit a 14-year-old boy for sex. The 14-year-old, a student at the…

Rheta Melvin, 36, was arrested for allegedly luring a 14-year-old boy through Snapchat and having sexual contact with him. (Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

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Victory! NCOSE Endorses “END Network Abuse Act” to Combat Child Sexual Abuse Material

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation recently endorsed and helped pass key legislation in Congress: the End National Defense (END) Network Abuse Act. The provision, authored by Senator Brain Schatz (D-HI) and cosponsored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), is included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act and is expected to be signed into law. …

Young boy looks out rainy window (Context is an article regarding the END Network Abuse Act designed to help protect children from sexual abuse)

Issue: Child Sexual Exploitation

Porn Industry Normalizes Children Using Porn with “Baby Yoda” Meme

Odds are good that you have seen at least one version of this viral Internet meme being shared countless times across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (and beyond): an adorable tiny green alien known colloquially as “Baby Yoda.” Baby Yoda is a character from a Disney+ series called The Mandalorian. Although said to be 50 years…

Screenshot of Pornhub's Instagram reshare of the Baby Yoda meme

Issue: Pornography Harms

Emilia Clarke Opens Up About How HBO Pushed Scenes of Rape, Nudity

Unfortunately for women, such as actress Emilia Clarke, Hollywood is no stranger to sexual exploitation. For years, the industry profited off the objectification, harassment, and abuse of women both in front of and behind the camera. In 2017, the #MeToo movement was launched across the country due to women in Hollywood speaking out about Harvey…

Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa in Game of Thrones

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Lamar Odom Admits Porn Addiction: “I Don’t Want to Live Like That Anymore”

Lamar Odom, former NBA player and reality TV star, recently gave a tell-all interview on his battle with pornography addiction. In the interview, he described to Covenant Eyes how his addiction to porn “dominated his life.” “It’s just like if you’re addicted to drugs, you know, that first time can lead to an addiction,” he…

Lamar Odom and Sabrina Parr in a still from a video interview with Covenant Eyes

Issue: Pornography Harms

Progress Alert! Netflix Takes Step Forward on Parental Controls, Still Needs to Improve Content

After 10,397 emails were sent to Netflix by grassroots supporters through NCOSE’s campaign demanding that Netflix institute better parental controls and content warnings on their platform, they took a step forward! Netflix, the household streaming service with over 150 million users, has had a problem with making itself safe for families of all ages and…

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Survivors Debunk Massage Parlor Myths in ‘Defend Dignity’ Video

When someone thinks of prostitution, they may not think of the hundreds of illicit massage parlors—also known as “body rub parlours”—that exist across the world. Instead of working on the street or in a typical brothel, these sexually-oriented businesses operate like a typical massage parlor with one exception: the women there are paid for sex…

Survivors debunk myths about illicit body rub/massage parlors Survivors debunk myths about illicit body rub/massage parlors (still from video by Defend Dignity)

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Navy Study Reveals Link Between Porn Use and ED

A recent study published in the Military Medicine journal looked at the relationship between sexual dysfunction and pornography use, and showed several key findings. There is a growing body of research on pornography as a public health crisis. Based on academic literature on pornography induced erectile dysfunction (PIED) as well as the increasing acceptance and…

Navy erectile dysfunction

Issue: Military

Women Expose the Sexual Abuse and Trafficking Hidden in the Porn Industry

Derek Hay, one of the pornography industry-leading agents, has been accused by several women “of fraud, sexual abuse and links to an illegal escort business — accusations including coercing performers to pay off ‘unconscionable’ fees and penalties either in cash or by performing sexual acts on him.” In a 75 minute documentary produced by NBC,…

2020 Dirty Dozen List: Visa

Banning Red Light District Tours is Not Enough to Stop Exploitation

“The tours have provided the propaganda that would have tourists believe that legalised prostitution has been a massive success. It has, but only for the pimps and other profiteers.” These are the words of Julie Bindel, feminist scholar and writer reporting on the notorious red light district in Amsterdam, where the city recently announced they…

Issue: Prostitution – Bright Light on the Red Light

Pornography – It Changes Our World

“I ran away from home when I was 12 years old. I was raped on the second night on my own. I soon met John who owned a bar and had a few extra rooms upstairs. Two other girls a little older than me had a room too. He offered me safety and a place…

Issue: Pornography Harms

Police in South Korea Discovered Hundreds of Secret Cameras in Motels Across the Country

South Korean police recently discovered that over 1,600 people had been secretly filmed with hidden cameras in motel rooms across the country. The footage was then live streamed online for paying customers to view, all without any semblance of consent. The cameras were hidden throughout motel rooms, including in TV boxes, wall sockets, and even…

Issue: Pornography Harms

Pornography – It Changes How We Love

“At 20 I started dating my now wife and hid the fact that I watched porn from her. I watched porn the entire time we dated behind her back because I had become addicted and didn’t want to admit it to her. We had sexual problems due to me watching porn, it made it hard…

Issue: Pornography Harms

RECAP: Symposium Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior

  Symposium Agenda Copy of Summary of Research reviewed by NCOSE by topic –download here Download copies of event and speaker handouts here. Videos will be available here in the next month. View photos from the event here:   There is Hope: Confronting the Rise of Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior Symposium Recap   On March…

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School Assignment Google Search Pulls Up Pornographic Content

Current college student and mother of 3 boys Stephanie Strawser was working on an essay on slavery for class and did what most students do first: she Googled it. Looking for a synonym for the word ‘bondage’ for her assignment, Stephanie was instead bombarded with pornified imagery and sexual content. The problem was so bad…

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Discord Gaming App Used to Groom Juvenile Victims

A recent devastating news story revealed that the popular gaming app Discord was used as a vehicle to groom and lure at a teenage boy into sex trafficking. A 17-year-old boy was lured from Louisiana to Florida by a group of suspected traffickers, all communicated and arranged through the app. The seven suspects were arrested…

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Superhero Shows on Netflix Mix Childhood Heroes with Graphic Sex

Do you have a child that loves superheroes? Do you have a Netflix account? Then you may have heard of Marvel’s Netflix-exclusive superhero series, including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, The Iron Fist, and The Defenders. These shows are readily available and advertised throughout the Netflix site and app, and may especially entice young fans…

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Netflix Parents—Watch Out For Graphic Content On Your Screens

*Trigger Warning: Brief Descriptions of Sexually Graphic Content Below* Without a doubt, Netflix is a household name in America. Over 50 million users subscribe to Netflix in the United States alone. While the streaming platform provides hours of entertainment with both existing and original content, there are some dangers that come with a Netflix subscription,…

2018 Dirty Dozen List – Master

Are You Aware of this Explicit Amazon Prime Content?

The Amazon Prime streaming service is an entertaining resource for at-home television and movies, but are you aware of the content on their many original shows? Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos recently reported that Prime now has over 100 million subscribers. Prime not only provides that legendary free shipping, but also many of its own productions….

2018 Dirty Dozen List – Master

Kids Can’t Watch NC-17 Films in Movie Theaters, But They Can on Netflix

Netflix, the video streaming service powerhouse, has hundreds of TV shows and movies from which its users can choose. Their provided selection also includes many titles that contain extreme graphic sexual content and which have no automatic barrier to prevent children from accessing them. Furthermore, Netflix has a flimsy ratings system at best. Netflix only…

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Parent Gift Guide: New iPhone Safety Features

With the holiday season fast approaching, many parents may be considering buying their child a new iPhone or other Apple device. While smart devices can be great source for education and entertainment, giving these tools to children can come with a whole new set of challenges and dangers. The Internet in particular is full of…

2018 Dirty Dozen: YouTube

Research Uncovers Dangerous Link Between Aggression and Teenage Pornography

A recent study has shone a light on the dangers of pornography—particularly the nature of the graphic acts themselves and the age of the performers. This study, published in an academic journal looking specifically at violence against women, analyzed 127 mainstream, popular pornographic videos in order to examine the relationship between aggression and the age…

Issue: Pornography Harms

Colorado School District Discontinues Contract with EBSCO for providing sexually explicit material in K-12 school databases

Last Friday, the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado acknowledged it has discontinued the purchase and further use of any products from EBSCO Information Services, an online library resource used in schools across the United States. EBSCO Information Services, named on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s 2017 and 2018 Dirty Dozen list, reaches over…

2018 Dirty Dozen List – Master

Beware of Graphic Content for HBO Go Subscribers – Parental Controls and More

The well-known premium cable company HBO is notorious for its adult-themed television shows and movies. For any HBO Go subscriber, it’s important to know what content is out there and how to prevent unintentional exposure to sexually explicit and exploitative material. The HBO Go home streaming service does provide parental controls that can be set…

2018 Dirty Dozen List – Master