The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography. As the thread of pornography in the web of sexual exploitation is systemically overlooked by society, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has prominently advanced this issue as a central pillar of its projects in order to promote more holistic solutions.
NCOSE embraces a mission to defend human dignity and to oppose sexual exploitation.
Sexual exploitation encompasses a wide-range of sexual abuse or utilitarian sexual uses of persons, regardless of age, including sexual objectification, sexual violence, pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, and more.
It includes any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes.
These forces have always been at work in society, but in America today their chasms loom larger, deeper, and darker than ever before. Their icy chill has touched us all.
Yet, the light of human dignity and inherent worth burns strong. We believe every human being deserves the opportunity to live life to its fullest potential without sexual harm: to pursue dreams and ambitions; express creativity and hone talents; seek beauty, truth, and faith; experience hope, joy, and love with family and friends—to thrive.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, formerly known as Morality in Media, was founded in 1962 and since then has evolved to advocate for a world free from all forms of sexual exploitation.
To accomplish this vision of abolition from sexual exploitation, NCOSE operates on the cutting edge of policy activism to combat corporate and government policies that foster exploitation, advance public education and empowerment, and spur united action by leading the movement through the international Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation conducts policy activism through projects like the Dirty Dozen List which targets 12 mainstream corporations or organizations that facilitate sexual exploitation and through the Freedom from Sexploitation Agenda which provides common sense policy recommendations for Congress on issues ranging from sex trafficking to pornography to sexual abuse and more.
In order to extend this vision into the courts, NCOSE established a Law Center in 2015 to serve as the legal arm and counsel of the movement opposing sexual exploitation, with emphases in obscenity, sex trafficking, and prostitution law.
NCOSE provides access to invaluable educational resources produced by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation include Pornography: a Public Health Crisis, Bright Light on the Red Light: The Truth About Prostitution, Out of the Shadows: Addressing the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Men, and more. NCOSE also provides resources through its online Resource Center directory for those who struggle with pornography and their families, survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, online child safety, and more.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation—a groundbreaking loose-knit coalition that unites advocates from diverse fields and perspectives. NCOSE brings these influencers together at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit, in online communities, in task forces and other co-hosted events throughout the year. To make research available to activists and the public alike, NCOSE also maintains a research website that compiles peer-reviewed data on the public health crisis of pornography.
To learn more about NCOSE’s victories and progress in the last year, download Defending Dignity 2016 Review.
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Since 2011, NCOSE instigated 71 corporate and governmental changes. In many cases policies that previously permitted promoting or profiting from sexual exploitation were reversed. 15 of these victories were in 2016!
79,710 individuals took 140,997 actions against sexual exploitation through NCOSE in 2016.
300+ organizations are members of NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation.
In 2016, NCOSE published 11 new resources, spoke in 22 states & 3 countries, & gathered 427,112 individuals to spread the message on social media.