Why?

No survivor of sexual exploitation should be ignored just because they don’t fit the narrative that the media tends to portray.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s annual Out of the Shadows series delves deeper into often overlooked topics of sexual exploitation. This series gathers recent research, produces videos, convenes task forces of leaders to collaborate further, hosts national symposia, and creates actionable items to help enrich and build the movement for human dignity.

We know that the complex web of sexual exploitation cannot be dismantled until every survivor has a voice.

Recent Topics Covered by Out of the Shadows

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Accusations Against John Weaver a Reminder of the Sexual Exploitation Faced by Boys and Men

The accusations of sexual harassment—including allegations which appear to describe the grooming of a teenage boy—leveled against John Weaver, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, represent yet another tragic reminder of a reality which has long gone underreported even as far too many people have lived it: 1) sexual abuse and exploitation are perpetrated in all…

Image of John Weaver, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, overlaid on image of The Lincoln Project for purpose of commentary on how a wealthy and powerful man leveraged his position of influence to attempt to solicit sex from younger men

The American Library Association and Its Longstanding Pornography Problem, Explained

When most of us think about our local library, we picture a safe place for students to research, senior citizens to read, and children to listen to stories read aloud by one of the librarians. It is a pleasant picture. But, as many individuals and families enjoy the benefits of their local libraries, the American…

Banner from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation's Dirty Dozen List page for the American Library Association

On Wayfair and Viral Conspiracy Theories About Sex Trafficking

Recently the media and social media platforms have been flooded with claims that the popular furniture company, Wayfair, is participating in or complicit with child sex trafficking. Beginning as a random musing from one individual who noted a perceived discrepancy on a web page for a specific Wayfair product, theories have since taken on a…

On Wayfair and the Problem with Sex Trafficking Conspiracy Theories

How Hypersexualized Children’s Dance Impacts Children

“Children deserve to learn and experience the gift of dance in safe environments that do not sexualize them. Children deserve to love dance, their bodies, and themselves. Children deserve to not be victims of sexual exploitation.” This is the mission of Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited (DA:NCE). Founded in 2016 by dance educator and author…

Screenshot of PG-rated trailer for DA:NCE documentary

Carmen Caliente Explains How Grooming, Sex Trafficking Led to Life in Pornography

Sexual exploitation is a web of intersectionality that spans the globe and all manifestations of sexual abuse and exploitation feed into and off of one another. Recent news of predatory grooming, sexual abuse, rape, and sex trafficking allegedly perpetrated by a wealthy individual in Florida are more evidence of this reality. Lanfranco Pescante (Franco), the…

Carmen Caliente, in an Instagram video, explains how she was groomed and sex trafficked by Lanfranco Pescante and subsequently pushed into the sex industry