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.

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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.

2017 Events

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

Special Opportunity to View the ‘Over 18’ Documentary

Time: Sunday Oct. 29 to Sunday Nov. 5.

Location: Watch Online

Over 18

Over 18 is a clear-eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens, parents, and porn stars. In addition to interviews with porn producers, ex-porn stars, and academics, the film highlights the story of Joseph, a thirteen year-old boy who is recovering from a porn addiction. You can watch the trailer here.

During WRAP Week, you can use the NCOSE discount code to watch the movie for free. A discount is also available just this week to purchase a public screening package. This offer is available October 29, 2017 through November 5, 2017.

To take advantage of this opportunity, click here. 

Community Mobilization, What WRAP Week is All About

Date: October 30, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM ET

Location: Watch Online

Join Ryan Zemple, founder and coordinator of the Sexual Integrity Ministry Network, to learn tips and examples of community mobilization efforts to address the harms of pornography.

This webinar will be live-streamed on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Facebook page.

 

BIO:

Ryan hails from the great state of Oregon, where he grew up in a log house his family built. He graduated from George Fox University in 1998 with a Computer Science degree and moved to Washington, DC to put his skills to use managing websites and social media.

At that time, Ryan started attending National Community Church and began dealing with issues of brokenness in his life. He recommitted himself to Christ and felt called to help others understand the truth about God’s love for them and grow into the fullness of who He created them to be.

He married the incomparable Heather Sawyer (who he met in 1999 on his first visit to an NCC small group) in 2004. In 2015, their extremely energetic daughter Sawyer Elizabeth joined the family and they haven’t had a moment’s rest since.

Ryan received an M.A. in Practical Theology from Regent University in 2011 and joined the NCC staff in September 2012. He serves as the ministry leader for NCC’s Celebrate Recovery program, coordinates NCC’s pastoral care team, and facilitates connections to professional therapists, as well as founded and conducts the Sexual Integrity Ministry Network.

Fathers: The Absent Super Heroes in Battling Sexual Exploitation

Date: October 31, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM ET

Location: Watch Online

Many countries, including the United States, are experiencing an epidemic of fatherlessness. Dads provide a unique contribution to the social, emotional, and sexual development of his daughters. This presentation will explore what daughters gain from an involved father—not the least of which is a respect for the body, a healthy view of intimacy and sexuality, and wholesome relationships with men. Dads can fight sexual exploitation and pornography in a way that few can. It’s time we get these super heroes to step up!

This webinar will be live-streamed on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Facebook page.

 

BIO:

Dr. Timothy Rarick is a faculty member in the Department of Home and Family at BYU-Idaho. He has taught courses at Kansas State University and BYU-Idaho such as Lifespan Human Development, Parenting, and Child & Family Advocacy to name a few. Dr. Rarick has conducted research studies with emerging adults (18-25 year olds) regarding their life-goal pursuits, life satisfaction, and views on marriage and family. Tim also serves on the Advisory Board for United Families International–a pro-family organization that promotes the family through public policy and research. He was invited this year to serve on the organizing committee for the World Congress of Families. Dr. Rarick has spoken at numerous venues and conferences regarding children and families in the United States, Canada, and China, and twice at the United Nations in New York City. Tim earned a master’s and doctorate degree in Marriage, Family, & Human Development from Kansas State University. He and his wife, Jodi, have been married for 15 years and have one son and three daughters. He enjoys swimming, playing basketball, tennis, the guitar and the piano. He is also a sucker for banana milkshakes.

Activism and WRAP: Tips and Tricks for You to Take a Stand

Date: November 1, 2017

Time: 10:30 AM ET

Location: Watch Online

Learn tips and tricks from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation on how to make a change in your community.

THIS WEBINAR WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED ON THE NATIONAL CENTER ON SEXUAL EXPLOITATION’S FACEBOOK PAGE.

BIO:

Madison’s eagerness for advocacy was cultivated at the University of Alabama while studying Social Work, but began much earlier. In 2010, Madison created and ran the Suicide Prevention Organization which was recognized by the Alabama Department of Public Health and is now the basis for pending Alabama legislation. Madison has given over 120 presentations and keynote speeches on Teen Suicide Prevention in the Educational Setting.

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 order in bulk to hand out in your community. For years, many have distributed these in their churches, PTA groups, and neighborhood.

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.

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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.

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

One News Now: WRAP Week – ‘a national phenomenon’

A national anti-pornography organization is calling on local citizens to take an active role to help advance the campaign. Katherine Blakeman, communications manager for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, tells OneNewsNow what this week’s annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) campaign is all about. “We see that this has become in its 30 years of […]

Sioux City Journal: THE REGULARS: Let’s commit to zero tolerance for the use of pornography

The White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP) campaign (WRAP Week begins today) started in 1987 as a result of one woman’s passion to eliminate hard-core pornography from her community. A local group tied to the national organization Morality in Media (today called the National Center on Sexual Exploitation) began in 1962 and adopted WRAP as one […]

The Other Side of Infidelity

By Dr. Kevin Skinner, Therapist, Author, Co-Founder of Bloom Originally posted at Bloomforwomen.com.  “I almost feel paralyzed. Like I can’t stop thinking about my marriage and questioning if any of it has been real. Did he ever really love me or have I just been lying to myself? Have I ever been good enough for him?” […]

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White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week: 30 Years Strong

“We care! We count!” Thirty years ago, Norma Norris started a revolution for human dignity with those words. In 1987, much like today, the world seemed determined to tell us that we were an obscure minority in a society that accepted and endorsed pornography and sexual exploitation. While sitting in church listening to Pastor Msgr. […]

White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week

An Open Letter to the Porn Industry from a Recovering Porn Addict

One user on Reddit is calling out the pornography industry in the below open letter. A lot of us ended up with PMO [porn-masturbation orgasm] addictions through porn. We know we bear a lot of blame for what happened to us, but we also know that you, the porn industry, is leading unsuspecting young people into your […]

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