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Research Spotlight: “Sexual Violence as a Sexual Script in Mainstream Online Pornography”

Fiona Vera-Gray et al., “Sexual Violence as a Sexual Script in Mainstream Online Pornography,” The British Journal of Criminology (2021): 1-18, doi:10.1093/bjc/azab035. Abstract This article examines the ways in which mainstream pornography positions sexual violence as a normative sexual script by analysing the video titles found on the landing pages of the three most popular…

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Demand for Prostitution: The Critical Role of Market Dynamics in Combating Sex Trafficking

The concepts of supply and demand are fundamental building blocks in capitalist economies. Supply represents how much of a particular product the market can offer, and demand refers to how much of a product is desired by potential buyers.[1] When these concepts are applied to the phenomenon of prostitution, those individuals who are bought and…

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The Phenomenon of “Sexting” and Its Risks to Youth

The digital world teens live in creates opportunities for potential harm. For parents and those working with youth, this can feel overwhelming. So, we are here to help with facts and helpful advice. Today’s teenagers are highly digitally connected, with 95% percent of youth ages 13-18 reporting that they have at least one mobile device…

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Our 2020 Impact—With You On Our Side

With 2020 behind us and a new year ahead of us, we’d like to take a moment to look back at all that we accomplished last year.  At the beginning of 2020, we had a three-year plan to dismantle the sexual exploitation industry as we know it, from all angles—advocacy, legislative, and legal perspectives. Despite…

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NCOSE Research Institute graphic for Demand Forum

Demand Forum, popular tool to curb sex buying, comes to NCOSE!

Men who buy people for sex provide the revenue stream—and thus the economic motivation—for all prostitution and sex trafficking. Their choice to engage in sex buying is the root of sexual exploitation. Without consumer-level demand, there would be no need for pimps and traffickers. Supply (victims) and distribution (sex traffickers) are symptoms. Demand is the cause….

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Young woman stands next to a neon sign at night (Why the United States Needs the "Human Trafficking Research Act of 2020")

Why the United States Needs the “Human Trafficking Research Act of 2020”

Human trafficking remains a major threat to public safety, health, and human rights throughout the United States, but the absence of solid data about its true scope and character impairs efforts to effectively respond. It’s been 20 years since the Trafficking Victims Protection Act established human trafficking as a distinct form of crime, but there…

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STATEMENT – NCOSE Announces Hiring of Dr. Michael Shively, Foremost National Expert on Combating Demand for Sexual Exploitation

Washington, DC (February 13, 2020) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Shively, a foremost national expert on combating demand for sexual exploitation, has joined the organization. Dr. Shively will serve as Senior Advisor on Research and Data Analysis. “To invigorate efforts to combat demand for sexual exploitation,…

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woman hides behind pillow after being scared during sex

New Study Finds Women Are Scared During Sex More Often Than Men

In April 2019, the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy published a study discussing what caused people to feel fear during sex. The study, titled “Feeling Scared During Sex: Findings from a U.S. Probability Sample of Women and Men Ages 14 to 60,” came to some interesting conclusions. At one point, the authors of the…

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Summary of Research for Child-on-Child Harmful Sexual Behavior

There is growing concern among parents, educators, and child safety experts regarding children[1] who exhibit or who engage in harmful sexual behavior (HSB) against other children. In part, this concern arises from the significant number of incidents of child-on-child HSB known to authorities. For instance, data regarding sexual offenses reported by U.S. police showed that…

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First Edition Research Summary and 3 Key Events on the Exploitation of Boys and Men

I wanted to share some exciting news with you: we are generating a massive and much-needed shift in the way our movement addresses the sexual exploitation of boys and men. Male victims of sexual exploitation, sexual violence, sex trafficking, childhood exposure to pornography, and other sexual harms are virtually voiceless today. They are suffering alone…

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