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A Decade of Addiction Ravaged His Life After Being Exposed to Porn at Age 11

John* was an A+ student. He loved playing baseball with his younger brother and he had a good relationship with his parents who did everything they could to raise him well and instill him with the right values. Also, John was 11 years old when he was exposed to pornography. He was first exposed to…

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Amazon Promotes Incest, Despite Clear Research Showing the Harms of Parental Abuse on Children

By Ericka Case Child sexual abuse from a parent, a step-parent, or a parent’s live-in romantic partner is being portrayed as an acceptable “fetish” by large companies like Amazon. Thousands of incest-themed pornographic books are for sale and even included for free in the monthly subscription service Kindle, which is owned by Amazon. Searches by…

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The State of the Fight to End Sexual Exploitation in 2019

The fight to end sexual exploitation is massive and multifaceted, and 2019 has been a year filled with victories and building momentum that bodes well for the movement in 2020 and beyond. These powerful moments and momentum from 2019 would not have been possible without passionate advocates and allies being willing to join together to…

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13yo girl was abused and exploited on Instagram in her own home. It could have been prevented.

Maria* was 13 years old when she first got Instagram on her cellphone. She had her parent’s permission because Instagram is rated as appropriate for “Ages 12+.” She loved sharing photos as well as “liking” and commenting on her friend’s images. She mostly posted about being in Girl Scouts, babysitting her younger brother, and going…

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STATEMENT: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Revisions (COPPA 2.0) Endorsed by NCOSE

Washington, D.C. – National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has agreed to endorse the Children’s Online Privacy Act (2019) (S748/HR3900) introduced by Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Josh Hawley (R-MO.). “In 1998, Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It was a significant step towards protecting the personal information of children online….

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STATEMENT: House Resolution to Fix App Ratings Moves to Protect Kids Online

Washington, DC – A resolution was introduced today by Representatives Mike Johnson (R-LA4) and Ben McAdams (D-UT4) to recognize the need for an independent app rating review board and for user-friendly parental controls. This resolution (H. Res. 721) is endorsed by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a non-partisan nonprofit in Washington D.C.  “Greater transparency…

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Joint International Campaign Launched to #WakeUpInstagram to Sexual Exploitation on its Platform

Today three anti-sexual exploitation organizations from three different countries—the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (United States), Collective Shout (Australia), and Defend Dignity (Canada)—launched a #WakeUpInstagram campaign to call out rampant sex trafficking, child sexual abuse grooming, as well as adult fetishization of young girls on Instagram. “Earlier this year, YouTube came under public scrutiny for…

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CBS News Admits Porn is Hijacking the Sexuality of America’s Children

In a significant development for the movement to end sexual exploitation, including the public health crisis of pornography, a CBSN Originals documentary from CBS News called “Speaking Frankly: Porn” is exposing the massive and disquieting impact pornography is having on children and teens across the United States. Although the findings of the documentary are not…

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Sex Trafficking Survivors Reveal Instagram is a Popular Online Slavery Auction Block

A few months ago I met with 3 young girls who were sex trafficking survivors in Washington DC. They showed us their Instagram accounts, which were set to private. Any parents would assume this meant the app was locked down and safe for a minor to use. However, even though their accounts were set to…

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Phylicia Henry of Courtney's House DC speaks about online child safety at the "Protecting Children from Online Exploitation" national symposium

Industry Experts Sound Alarm on Emerging Threats to Online Child Safety

Online child safety should be top of mind for all of us—not just parents. We protect children from undue harm and exploitation from harmful industries elsewhere—such as the tobacco industry—but our systems and laws have not kept pace with technological advancement and our children’s well-being is at severe risk as a result. That reality was…

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