Why the NCOSE Research Institute?
As alarming as these facts are, statistics like those above can seem cold and sterile. Big numbers equal big crushing problems, the size of which can stop us from taking action before we even begin.Yet behind each number are people whose lives are forever changed by the harms they have experienced. Can they escape and find safety? Will they be heard, and get the help they need? Will they be able to recover, and go on to live healthy and productive lives? Will their abusers be stopped and punished? What resources and strategies are needed to more effectively reach and support victims and catch offenders?
The answers to these questions vary widely from person to person. But in addition to identifying and supporting victims and apprehending offenders after these abuses have occurred, we must also seek to dismantle the systems that generate sexual harm.
So, casting our vision further, we see that families and institutions like schools, corporations, communities of faith, and law enforcement agencies are struggling—and too often failing—to respond to deeply entrenched forms of sexual abuse and exploitation. Overwhelmed and ill-equipped in their search for solutions to the tide of sexual victimization around them, it becomes only too easy to accept the problem as status quo and respond to each case the best they can, or to look the other way and take no action at all.
We believe that effective efforts effectively respond to widespread sexual abuse and exploitation—in all its forms—require specialized knowledge that doesn’t look away from the problem and isn’t satisfied with only understanding how and why people and institutions behave in ways that inflict sexual harm. The movement to end sexual abuse and exploitation needs evidence-based solutions that move us from addressing immediate needs and basic research, to holistic solutions that prevent victimization before it begins.
This is why we have formed a team of experts to harness the power of objective data and methods to not only to inform, but to help impacted individuals, communities, and policymakers identify and advance the best evidence-based solutions to prevent and eradicate the web of sexual abuse and exploitation.
What does the NCOSE Research Institute do?
We conduct analysis, develop educational programs and resources, identify evidence-based practices, as well as design and collaborate in empirical, applied research projects to build individual, institutional, and public policy solutions to eradicate the web of sexual abuse and exploitation.
Our areas of focus include a wide-ranging yet interrelated array of topics including, but not limited to:
- child sexual abuse
- child-on-child harmful sexual behavior
- sexual objectification
- image-based sexual abuse
- sexual harassment and assault
- compulsive sexual behaviors
- the public health hazards of pornography
- sex trafficking of adults and children
- demand for sexual abuse and exploitation
- the neurological impacts of sexual trauma
- the intersection of these issues with technology