About WRAP

The National White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week brings together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with driven concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms from pornography and the many resources available to aid those affected. National WRAP Week always starts the last Sunday of October.

This year, WRAP Week runs from October 28th through November 3rd!

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Purchase WRAP Week materials through our online shop here. Find pins, magnets, bumper stickers, t-shirts and brochures you can distribute.

You can donate to support WRAP Week and similar campaigns here.

How did White Ribbon Against Pornography start?

It was just one woman in Pennsylvania with an idea, and now 25 years later thousands are still participating.

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Norma Norris tying a white ribbon to a car the first year of the WRAP campaign

The White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Campaign began with one woman in Butler, PA in 1987. Norma Norris heard a sermon against pornography delivered by the pastor of her Catholic parish. Msgr. Francis Glenn lamented that local prosecutors and law enforcement had been deluded into thinking that people didn’t care about the hardcore porn being sold in her community. Norma looked at the full pews in the church and said, “That can’t be; we’re here and we care!” Norma then gave herself the challenge to inspire her community and to send out the message: WE CARE! WE COUNT! Norma thought the plan had to be simple, inexpensive, and something to catch the imagination. Soon after, the idea of a simple white ribbon as a symbol of decency came to her, and a movement was born.

Norma then worked with Msgr. Glenn, the Butler County Citizens for Decency, and the Butler Fellowship of Churches to organize the first White Ribbon campaign. Ribbons were distributed; huge white ribbon bows were sent to the Governor and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania; petitions were signed; and a motorcade was organized.

The highlight of the campaign was the bulldozing of a closed porn bookstore. The Butler County Citizens for Decency bought the property especially for the purpose. A judge signed an eviction notice against the store, and on a sunny day in fall, in front of a large crowd of citizens and cameras from local TV stations, the bulldozer smashed the porn shop to smithereens.

That year, Morality in Media became the national sponsor of the WRAP Campaign. WRAP has since taken on a life of its own with many local groups adding their own events, projects and ways to get the word out. Many other national groups organize campaigns during this week as well. We invite all to participate!

Read more about the history of WRAP here. You can also read the history in Espanol.

What have groups done in the past?

Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.
Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.

Many have followed Norma’s inspiration and allowed their creativity to grow this effort into something great! We don’t want to limit you or the possibilities. Thousands have participated by proudly wearing or displaying a white ribbon during the week. Other groups have organized protests, letter-writing campaigns, call-days, support meetings for addicts and their partners, group discussions, sermons at church, handing out awareness flyers, school assemblies, etc. In 2011, more than 20 groups are putting on live online events with different experts on the harms of pornography and ways to overcome these consequences. Here are couple of articles about what other groups in Lancaster, PA and in Utah have done.

2018 Events

The events listed here are hosted by National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Dozens of other events take place around the country.

Video Presentation: Understanding Sexual Exploitation by Lisa L. Thompson

Date: October 28, 2018

Location: Watch Online

Women’s experiences of harassment, exploitation, and assault are coming more fully to light in our culture. While efforts have been made to protect women from further harassment, we often don’t understand why victimization occurs.

Lisa Thompson, the VP of Policy and Research for the National Center on Exploitation, teaches us about the factors, particularly pornography, contributing to an environment of exploitation and how to build environments committed to the flourishing of all women.

This video will appear here on October 27th. We encourage you to watch or share it with friends, parenting groups, church groups, and more.

Webinar: The Harms of Pornography by Ben Miller

Date: October 30, 2018

Location: Watch Online

Pornography is more pervasive than ever. Our culture has become pornified and today’s teens are being bombard with sexually graphic content. Finally, the scientific research is catching up. Pornography harms. It is destroying our brain, our relationships, and our ability to love.

Join Ben Miller, National Center on Sexual Exploitation, as he presents the latest information on the harms of pornography and ways we can combat it. This webinar will be hosted on October 30th at 5:00PM Eastern Time. Click here to register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GcfYlWB0Q8uLGJX6cEbkXQ

IN CASE YOU MISS IT, A RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR WILL BE POSTED. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH OR SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS, PARENTING GROUPS, CHURCH GROUPS, AND MORE.

Video Presentation: Today’s Pornography – Not a Constitutional Right, Not a Human Right by Patrick Trueman

Date: November 1, 2018

Location: Watch Online

This presentation will address the need to enforce federal obscenity laws, which currently prohibit distribution of obscene material (hardcore pornography) through the Internet, through cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TVs, in retail shops, through the mail, or by common carrier. The U. S. Supreme Court has always held that the distribution of obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment. The Court has developed a very workable and understandable three-part test to be used in obscenity prosecutions. When obscenity laws have been enforced, society is improved. The lack of federal prosecutions, however, has been a major contributing factor to the coarsening of our culture, to the climate of sexual violence prevailing in society, to the development of a public health crisis of pornography, and to the prevalence of sex trafficking in America.

This presentation is by Patrick Trueman, President of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice.

THIS VIDEO WILL APPEAR HERE ON OCTOBER 31st. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO WATCH OR SHARE IT WITH FRIENDS, PARENTING GROUPS, CHURCH GROUPS, AND MORE.

What Can You Do?

Order some here or make your own!

Wear it on your shirt during the week, hang one on your door or mailbox, tie one to your car antennae. When folks ask about it, be brave and start the conversation about the public health crisis from pornography.

Find some good talking points here.

A FEW IDEAS TO GET YOU GOING:

Rally: Go all out and hold a rally in your community! Get church leaders, community groups, city council, and others to join you.

Dinner Party Discussion: Invite a few friends over to discuss these issues more in-depth. How can you help one another?  What can be done in your immediate circle of influence? How is this affecting your loved ones?

Movie Night: There are many great new films out on these issues. Watch together with a few friends and then allow time for discussion. A couple movies we suggest: Heart of the Matter, and She’s Somebody’s Daughter

Parent’s Night: Get a group of parents together (through the PTA, homeschool co-op, church group, etc) and host a discussion about teaching your kids digital literacy.

We have many different brochures and flyers that you can print off and distribute in your community! For years, many have distributed these in their churches, PTA groups, and neighborhood.

Scroll down to the Downloads portion of this web page to see handouts for churches, college campuses, research on the harms of pornography and protecting and talking to children.

You can also order brochures to be delivered to you. You can see what brochures we have available here in our shop. The cost is to help with printing and shipping. We can send batches of 100 for free, however, if the price is a barrier please contact public@ncose.com to request an order.

Visit our Resource Center to learn more, find help, and connect with others. We have listed resources for those struggling, for partners/spouses, for parents, and for victims and survivors – as well as talking points, technology solutions and more.

How did White Ribbon Against Pornography start?

It was just one woman in Pennsylvania with an idea, and now 25 years later thousands are still participating.

MIM_Scrapbook_NormaNorris_StartedWRAP_TiesOnCar_1987
Norma Norris tying a white ribbon to a car the first year of the WRAP campaign

The White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Campaign began with one woman in Butler, PA in 1987. Norma Norris heard a sermon against pornography delivered by the pastor of her Catholic parish. Msgr. Francis Glenn lamented that local prosecutors and law enforcement had been deluded into thinking that people didn’t care about the hardcore porn being sold in her community. Norma looked at the full pews in the church and said, “That can’t be; we’re here and we care!” Norma then gave herself the challenge to inspire her community and to send out the message: WE CARE! WE COUNT! Norma thought the plan had to be simple, inexpensive, and something to catch the imagination. Soon after, the idea of a simple white ribbon as a symbol of decency came to her, and a movement was born.

Norma then worked with Msgr. Glenn, the Butler County Citizens for Decency, and the Butler Fellowship of Churches to organize the first White Ribbon campaign. Ribbons were distributed; huge white ribbon bows were sent to the Governor and the Attorney General of Pennsylvania; petitions were signed; and a motorcade was organized.

The highlight of the campaign was the bulldozing of a closed porn bookstore. The Butler County Citizens for Decency bought the property especially for the purpose. A judge signed an eviction notice against the store, and on a sunny day in fall, in front of a large crowd of citizens and cameras from local TV stations, the bulldozer smashed the porn shop to smithereens.

That year, Morality in Media became the national sponsor of the WRAP Campaign. WRAP has since taken on a life of its own with many local groups adding their own events, projects and ways to get the word out. Many other national groups organize campaigns during this week as well. We invite all to participate!

Read more about the history of WRAP here. You can also read the history in Espanol.

What have groups done in the past?

Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.
Citizens protest and raise awareness about pornography at Puerto Rico Capital during WRAP week.

Many have followed Norma’s inspiration and allowed their creativity to grow this effort into something great! We don’t want to limit you or the possibilities. Thousands have participated by proudly wearing or displaying a white ribbon during the week. Other groups have organized protests, letter-writing campaigns, call-days, support meetings for addicts and their partners, group discussions, sermons at church, handing out awareness flyers, school assemblies, etc. In 2011, more than 20 groups are putting on live online events with different experts on the harms of pornography and ways to overcome these consequences. Here are couple of articles about what other groups in Lancaster, PA and in Utah have done.

Downloads

Download and distribute these materials anywhere you can. Many will post the graphics on social media or distribute the flyers at their local churches, libraries, and community groups.

Public health harms of pornography research flyer
WRAP Week: Pornography, Violence, and Sexual Abuse
WRAP Week: Porn is a Public Health Crisis
WRAP Week: Porn and Violence
WRAP Week: Protect the Innocent
WRAP Week Girls and Porn Problem
Safe schools safe libraries porn kids
college flyer activism

Videos

Share these videos on social media, send to friends, and watch to learn more about these issues.

10 Proactive Ways to Protect Young Minds from Pornography – Kristen Jenson, Protect Young Minds

Freedom from Porn Possible!

Pornography is used to plan, execute, & choreograph Rape

Real Life and Love is Better than Porn

Sexting is social currency for boys – Nancy Jo Sales

Growing Up with Porn: The Developmental and Societal Impact of Pornography on Children – Gail Dines, Culture Reframed

Equipping & Protecting the Church in Battle to Curb Pornography & Exploitation – Josh McDowell

A Culture of Accountability: Shaping Behavior with Technology – Ron DeHaas

Orchestrated Destruction: Pornography as a Script for Sexual Violence

2016 CESE Summit: Today’s Porn: Not a Constitutional Right, Not a Human Right

Kristen Jenson, “Porn-Proof Kids: Using a Little Brain Science to Help Children Reject Porn “

Interview with Naideen, a Sex Trafficking Survivor

Crystal Renaud, “Recovery and Healing: Women and Children Struggling with Porn Addiction”

Jay Dennis, “The Church’s Role in This War Against Pornography”

Gail Dines, PhD, “Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture”

Dawn Hawkins on the public health crisis from pornography

A Public Health Approach to Pornography

Long Term Consequences of Pornography Use: Overview of Research

Doug Weiss Presentation

From the 2014 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Conference

Updates

New Research Uncovers Dangerous Link Between Aggression and Teenage Pornography

A recent study has shone a light on the dangers of pornography—particularly the nature of the graphic acts themselves and the age of the performers. This study, published in an academic journal looking specifically at violence against women, analyzed 127 mainstream, popular pornographic videos in order to examine the relationship between aggression and the age […]

Webinar: The Harms of Pornography

Pornography is more pervasive than ever. Our culture has become pornified and today’s teens are being bombard with sexually graphic content. Finally, the scientific research is catching up. Pornography harms. It is destroying our brain, our relationships, and our ability to love. Join Ben Miller as he presents the latest information on the harms of […]

1,000 Students at Notre Dame Request University President Install Filters to Block Pornography, Cite Human Rights Issue

80 male students penned an op-ed yesterday, now going viral, requesting that the university filter its wifi and submitted a petition to the president for over 1,000 signatures from current and recently graduated students and faculty. In “The Men of Notre Dame Request a Porn Filter,” the students make a powerful case for why the […]

Ways to Get Involved in White Ribbon Against Pornography Week

White Ribbon Against Pornograpy (WRAP) Week is right around the corner. We hope you’re as excited as we are! WRAP Week brings together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with driven concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms of pornography and the many resources available to aid […]

Report of NCOSE’s 2017 Efforts to Defend Dignity

To my dear allies and friends in this fight, I want to extend my warmest thanks to you for your generous support of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in 2017. Your dedication to defending human dignity is a personal inspiration to myself and our team, as we are reminded that so many individuals across […]