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. NCOSE believes 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 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.