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 27th through November 3rd!

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How did White Ribbon Against Pornography start?

It was just one woman in Pennsylvania with an idea and now, over three decades 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.

2019 Events

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

Video Presentation: 10 Proactive Ways to Protect Young Minds from Pornography by Kristen A. Jenson, MA

Date: WRAP Week 2019

Location: Watch Online

Watch this presentation on 10 Proactive Ways to Protect Young Minds from Pornography by Kristen A. Jenson, MA from Protect Young Minds, which was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Consider hosting a watching party with a parents group or church group, and discuss how you might use these tactics!

This week, try to hold a family discussion on pornography and the realities of its harms. We encourage you to talk to children in your late in an age-appropriate way, such as discussing the difference between pornography and family photos. We recommend that you are upfront about your concerns, offer examples from the media and your personal experiences and practice responses to encounters with pornography. You can use these conversation starters to help get the discussions going!

Video Presentation: A Call to Arms: The Church’s Role in the Pornography Battle

Date: WRAP Week 2019

Location: Watch Online

Churches and faith-motivated groups play a vital role in the defense of human dignity. Yet there is one issue that is breaking apart families and marriages and increasing rates of sexual violence against women that many churches struggle to address: pornography. 

Research also shows that more than half of youth pastors have had at least one teen come to them for help in dealing with porn in the past 12 months. In fact, most pastors (57%) and youth pastors (64%) admit they have struggled with pornography themselves, either currently or in the past.

We have created this flyer with 5 ways you can help your church or faith-community address the harms of pornography, and we encourage you to start putting it into action this week!

If you have a Bible study or prayer group, we encourage you to watch this video with them this week! It is A Call to Arms: The Church’s Role in the Pornography Battle by Karen Potter from Covenant Eyes.

Video Presentation: Ready or Not, Porn is Influencing the Way Teens Think About Sex and Intimacy

Date: WRAP Week 2019

Location: Watch Online

During WRAP Week, gather friends together to watch the video Ready or Not, Porn is Influencing the Way Teens Think About Sex and Intimacy by Natalie McAneney from Fight the New Drug.

Discuss the impact of pornography on rising generations, and how you can be a voice for authentic and healthy relationships!

Also, if you or someone you know is in college, encourage them to take a stand about pornography and sexual exploitation on their campus this week!

We have a flyer here with 5 ways you can make a difference in your college campus. For instance, you can host an event on a topic related to pornography, such as its link to sex trafficking and its threat of “Sexual Predation in Dating Relationships.” You can also host an “Online Action Party” where you can send emails together to corporate executives on our “Dirty Dozen List,” which are companies that profit from sexual exploitation. 

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

Updates

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The Reality of Female Pornography Addiction

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