Your voice—your story—matters.
It can be painful to share stories of sexual exploitation or harm, and sometimes it’s useful to focus on personal healing first. But for many, sharing their past or current experiences may be a restorative and liberating process.
This is a place for those who want to express their story.
All are welcome to share.
Whether you have been harmed in any way from prostitution, sexual abuse or violence, sex trafficking, sexual objectification, the creation or consumption of pornography, etc. it is our hope that these true life accounts can make a difference:
- Personal stories help elected and business leaders to see the grave harm associated with this material and can be very helpful in getting them to change their policies.
- It is often helpful in the healing process to talk about our own abuse, even if we do so anonymously.
- Unfortunately, many others have been hurt in deep, deep ways and feel alone in their suffering. Reading accounts from others can help them to move forward in their healing as well.
Stories submitted to NCOSE will be shared across multiple platforms anonymously unless otherwise requested. Please email your story to email@example.com or fill out this form.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has heard numerous stories in recent years of children being exposed to hardcore and softcore pornography at school and on school-issued devices. Sometimes, the schools have inadequate, outdated, or poorly managed filters in place at the school level (check out our project to address this here). Sometimes, the problems […]
Ep. 29 Noah Church speaks on the neurological consequences of long-term porn addiction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that addiction is a singular disorder—no matter the chemical or behavioral object of the addiction—that addiction manifests a specific set of signs and symptoms including escalation, impaired impulse control, and reduced emotional, social, and/or professional wellbeing. […]
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 […]
At roughly 2:00 AM on a day in 1990, I found myself stuck in a traffic jam. I was the Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) at the U.S. Department of Justice at the time. Where was the long line of vehicles ahead of me going at such an early hour? Into […]
1,000 Students at Notre Dame Request University President Install Filters to Block Pornography, Cite Human Rights Issue
80 male students penned an op-ed yesterday, now going viral, requesting that the university filter its wifi and submitted a petition to the president for over 1,000 signatures from current and recently graduated students and faculty. In “The Men of Notre Dame Request a Porn Filter,” the students make a powerful case for why the […]
The following articles by Buzz Feed’s reporter, Katie J.M. Baker, uncovered 200+ heartbreaking and terrifying stories of sexual assault by male massage therapists at Massage Envy locations across the United States and the poor policies and lack of transparency by the company which has enabled more abuse at the hands of their therapists. The first viral report […]
The following is a guest post written by Renae Powers I used to be a flight attendant, which is something that I am proud and happy to say. Being a part of the airline industry is an experience that I will always cherish! As a flight attendant, I learned so many things, like how hard […]
Young men are increasingly rebelling against pornography and porn-culture. Unfortunately, due to the pervasiveness of the Internet, most young men today are exposed to pornography before they’re old enough to have a first kiss or to make well-informed decisions about consuming such degrading and addictive material. While many individuals are caught in cycles of pornography […]
This interview is from Fox8. It was originally published here. CLEVELAND – She is a young mother, forced into sex trafficking and rescued during the biggest event in Cleveland over the summer of 2016 – the Republican National Convention. The survivor was brought downtown to be sold during the RNC, but she was eventually given […]
The Next Generation is Standing up Against Pornography and Snapchat June 1st was National Delete Snapchat Day!! A social movement that is fighting pornography and opposing social media platforms that contain pornographic materials pronounced June 1st, National Delete Snapchat Day. Their efforts gained steam, with many young people speaking up on social media and sharing […]
This was originally posted on www.ThePinkCross.org. We have Jan Meza’s permission to post here as well. I lay there covered in liquids, saliva and sweat from twenty five different men. Disgusted, sore, defiled and void of all emotions, a part of me died that day; my soul was shredded and separated among the twenty five men […]
One woman was able to stop a major pornographer in his tracks. Barbara Hattemer‘s story shows how practical, community-based efforts to defend dignity can produce inspiring results. Barbara founded a Florida chapter of Morality In Media (NCOSE’s previous name) in Naples during the early 1980s. She worked to make sure a strict city ordinance was […]
The man who declared that, “Pornography is a winnable war.” For decades, James Dobson, PhD, the founder of Focus on the Family, has been a leading, many would say, “the leading,” advocate for the family in America. Presciently, he saw the influence that pornography had on family life and warned more than three decades ago […]
Ever since I first saw pornography at the library, I sought it out. My parents tried everything they could to prevent my access, but I always found a way. I watched it habitually until I got married and then I tried to quit. I found myself watching again and when my wife found out, even though I saw […]
Sometimes you don’t see or recognize the signs of pornography use in your child (or in my case, my grandchildren) until the walls of a family unit and a child’s life come crashing down around them.
Excerpt from the book Big Porn, Inc, edited by Abigail Bray and Melinda Tankard Reist. (Learn more about the book here.) I’m anxious about writing this. Anxious that although I know rationally there is no way you can know who I am, I am still afraid. In one sense you will know me. I’m the […]
Personal testimony submitted to NCOSE to be shared. I would like to share my story with pornography and how easily I stumbled into it as a child in the hopes that it can help people see why children should be protected from the dangers of pornography. I was reminded of my experience when I was […]
Pornography was always something insidious in my family, done behind closed doors, hidden and shameful which all added into the insidious part of the child abuse that went with it. Three years later the pornography became far worse as I was ‘introduced’ to ‘friends.’ It was terrible and sustained until puberty when it stopped, or […]
This is the story of two boys – one named Tim and the other, “Charlotte.” TIM Tim, from the UK, got addicted to internet porn at a young age. He contacted me on our Facebook page three years ago and just said, “HELP! I am addicted to pornography; my life is ruined and I tried […]
Two years ago, I spoke at a press conference on the sexual objectification of girls through mainstream mediums like Cosmopolitan Magazine. I returned to the office high on adrenaline from a successful and well-covered event and then got two calls that changed my perspective greatly. THE PHONE CALLS The first was a young man in […]
I just returned from a week in Budapest, Hungary where I got to speak at three different events about the harms of pornography and its connection to other forms of sexual exploitation. It was quite a moving experience! Some of you know that my journey in fighting sexual exploitation actually began because of the year […]
Personal testimony from a woman who submitted her experience of child-on-child sexual abuse to be shared. I’m a Korean adult adoptee. I cut off communication with my adoptive family 9 yrs ago. I flew to the states and my new family at age 6, but cannot remember the first 2 yrs of happiness because of what happened […]
While other rappers often glorify pornography and the degradation of women in their music, one rapper is raising a warning voice. In his new song “The Bitten Apple,” a track from his recently released LP All the Beauty in This Whole Life, rapper Brother Ali openly addresses the dark side of pornography addiction that many […]
Personal testimony from a woman who submitted her story to be shared with others. I don’t know how old my brother was when our cousins started molesting him. He must’ve been very young- around five years old. I knew it happened during thanksgiving because that was the only time we saw those cousins. The boys were […]
Chris Rock, a popular stand-up comedian, is drawing large crowds for his current “Total Blackout” comedy tour. The routine is reportedly filled with Rock’s typical timely material, from discussing Donald Trump to teaching his daughters about racism. What the audience couldn’t have anticipated, however, was Chris Rock’s reference to past pornography addiction. During his routine, Rock spoke […]
Shelley Lubben from The Pink Cross interviewed Christopher Gregory. This is an excerpt. For the full interview, please visit this link. Shelley: How long were you in the porn business? Christopher: I was in the business for a very short time, almost 5 years (that’s short) compared to many. Again, to me it was a […]
Original Post: Irish Times Ever since I started my sex life, I have had a hard time maintaining a strong erection for penetration and I eventually lose it. It happened with my first encounter with my ex and we never got to sort it out with her (we tried a couple of times). Our intimacy […]
I am a retired PhD Immunologist living in Colorado and have followed your work. I have become aware of a situation that might be of interest to you. My daughter attends a public middle school, which uses electronic resources for student work. There is pornography embedded in our school’s subscriber resources, which are purchased through […]
Personal testimony from a woman who submitted her story to be shared with others. I am a young woman who met a man in college whom I thought I would marry; I left the relationship because of his addiction to pornography, escalating sexual relationships with other women, and sexual assault of me. When I met this […]
Personal testimony from an individual who submitted their story to be shared with others. I was sexually abused at the age of 6 by a neighbor who was hooked to pornographic magazines. Resources For Those Sexually Abused By A Neighbor Or Dealing With Any Form Of Sexual Abuse: National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE […]
Personal testimony from a man who submitted his story to be shared with others. I was exposed to pornography at my neighbor’s house around the age of ten. My friend’s dad had all sorts of pornography on videos and in magazines. For my friend and I it started out as mere curiosity. It eventually led to […]
Personal testimony from a woman who submitted her story to be shared with others. We met and immediately hit it off. We talked, supported, encouraged one another. We both had insecurities and past hurts. I had absolutely no idea what it was he was hiding. We got closer and a little over a year we started […]
Personal testimony from a man who submitted his story of addiction and recovery to be shared with others. I started watching porn at 10 years old. Back then it was on dial up internet, with no “parental controls” or filters. They just didn’t exist. So, any kid could just find pornography like I did. This continued […]
Years ago I met a handsome young man, who was an adorable father of a 4 year old son. In a short time I learned of his painful journey living with a sexual addiction. It had begun quite early in his life, when he had been exposed to pornography and other sexual behaviors through a […]
Watch Elizabeth Smart’s Video Here: In a world exclusive interview with Fight the New Drug, Elizabeth Smart opens up for the first time about the role pornography played in her abuse. To learn more about the impact pornography has on sexual violence and public health, visit our page on the public health crisis of pornography.
My Testimony It all started for me at a pretty young age. It was all innocent enough. My neighborhood friend found his dad’s stash of Playboys and he showed them to me. Naturally, I didn’t plan on being addicted. However, like all addictions, it started small and snowballed out of control. It started with Playboy, […]
Twenty-four-year-old Bethany MacDonald says it isn’t just men who suffer because of online pornography. She says she became addicted and was unable to have relationships because of it. Watch Her Explanation Here: Bethany told BBC she first saw it when she was nine years old. She said she became afraid of relationships and was watching it two […]
I am Dilshy Banu, and I am a victim of a unique form of revenge porn [also known as “porn shaming.”] I was once a journalist for the Sunday Times in my native country of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a beautiful nation that I’ve always felt proud of, and I’ve strived to use my writing […]
Elle is a grassroots supporter of the movement to defend dignity and to end sexual exploitation. She recently contacted the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to share her story, and how attending NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit impacted her activism. Elle’s Story: I wrote a paper about pornography while I was in college, […]
A local activist who made good things happen. Elaine Murhammer is a passionate citizen who had a vision for something better in her community and brought that vision to fruition. She served as a secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana chapter of Morality in Media in the 1960’s. By developing strong relationships with legislators and local law […]