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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2021 Grammy Awards Show Normalizes Systemic Issues of Sexual Exploitation

It took a lot of work to make the 2021 Grammy Awards show happen amidst myriad COVID-19 complications, but unfortunately the effort was marred by CBS’ decision to green-light sexually regressive and exploitative material in the broadcast. Beyond the troubling implications for families who were watching (a significant audience for the Grammys), the onstage presentations…

T.I., Tiny, and the Role of Power and Influence in Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

On January 26, 2021, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, Sabrina Peterson, leveled serious allegations against rapper Clifford (T.I.) Harris when she posted shocking claims that follow a violent dispute between the two. In a string of explosive Instagram posts, Peterson claimed that Harris physically assaulted her at his home in Atlanta, GA. “…@troubleman31 you PUT A GUN…

T.I. and Tiny Harris on a date as published on Tiny Harris' public Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKMpeWtD3qa/

Ravi Zacharias: When Religion and Institutional Sexual Abuse Collide

With the ugly truth about Ravi Zacharias’ long-hidden history of perpetrating sexual abuse having come to light, the world is faced with yet another example of sexual abuse being hidden and enabled in an institutional setting—a religious institution in this case. Tragically, it isn’t an isolated example as more than a few churches and religious…

Ravi Zacharias, RZIM, Religion, and Institutional Sexual Abuse

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