EIE advisory Board member, media and cultural expert Rebecca Hagelin knows how overwhelming it is to raise kids in today’s morally toxic environment. In her newly released book, “30 Ways in 30 Days to Strengthen Your Family,” Rebecca helps you:
- Learn how to battle the culture, not your child
- Know the difference between your principles and your preferences
- Understand how marketers target your children and how to keep them safe online
- Develop and follow your “mother’s intuition” and “father-knows-best” instincts
- Teach your children to be good stewards of money, time, and work
This would make a great Mother’s Day gift as well. Check it out at:
Enough Is Enough Applauds Resolution Signed by Utah Governor Declaring Internet Pornography a Public Health Crisis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2016
Press Statement by Donna Rice Hughes, CEO and President of Enough Is Enough
Today Marks A Historic Landmark Change to End the Way America Thinks About Pornography
Enough Is Enough Applauds Resolution Signed by Utah Governor Declaring Internet Pornography a Public Health Crisis.
GREAT FALLS, Va. – “Enough Is Enough (EIE) applauds the historic landmark resolution by the state of Utah declaring pornography a public health issue. The resolution is being signed today by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert after overwhelmingly passing the Utah Senate and House. The resolution, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, (SCR9), is the first time a state has said pornography is a “public health crisis,” language often used for anti-smoking and anti-drunk driving campaigns.
“This resolution is part of a concerted effort to begin framing the issue as not merely a “moral” issue, but a social issue with enormous costs that negatively impacts individuals and societies. For over two decades, the Internet pornography industry has been able to succeed on the myth that pornography is just harmless fun.
“Noble and worthwhile causes such as these indeed often take a lifetime, as well as a strong network of devoted individuals and groups. Two years ago, under the leadership of Ernie Allen, founder of NCMEC and ICMEC, a small group of leaders, including myself, met together to brainstorm the best way to elevate Internet pornography to a public health crisis.
“However, recent peer-reviewed research and medical science is undeniable in proving that extreme Internet pornography fuels the sexual exploitation and abuse of children, violence against women, addiction in youth and adults, the breakdown of marriage, sex trafficking, and a myriad of other harms.
“Prior to this important meeting, Enough Is Enough® (EIE) has been at the forefront in the battle to prevent the sexual exploitation of children from Internet pornography and sexual predators.
“EIE launched “Project Wilberforce” to remind us that, such daunting social change as ending the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of children and restoring a culture of dignity and respect is indeed possible. Like William Wilberforce, we have the ability to create a better world, a “beloved” community in which all people are treated with dignity and respect. The two main life goals of Wilberforce were to abolish slavery and to restore manners and decency in England. It took Wilberforce and his band of friends a lifetime to bring about such grand and revolutionary social change.
“Making the Internet safer for children and families has been a twenty-three year marathon, not a sprint.
“EIE urges other states to adopt the Utah resolution and become a leader in the movement to make the Internet safer for children and families and change the way America thinks about pornography. We stand ready to work side by side with you on this critical issue.
“Like Wilberforce said, ‘You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.'”
To schedule a media interview, please contact Donna Rice Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making the Internet safer for children and families.
- 1 out of 3 Americans seek out porn at least once a month
- 62% of teens and young adults have “received” a nude image from someone
- 40% of teens and young adults have “sent” a nude image
- Teens and young adults view NOT recycling more immoral than viewing pornography.
- Interviews with several young men were featured discussing their experience with Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction (PIED).
- A 2014 fMRI study from the Max Planck Institute found that habitual porn use may have an effect on the brain. “The more pornography men consumed, the smaller the brain striatum, the reward center of the brain.”
- The rise in the numbers of young men struggling with porn addiction and PIED has led to a rise with support groups, videos, and smartphone apps to bring awareness to the dangers of pornography.
The Set Free Summit is less than one week away. Overall, we stand in awe of those who will be in attendance: 19 countries, 750 participants from 350 different organizations and representing +615 million people. Our message will be heard by 200,000,000 people in 25 languages.
The Set Free Summit, which will take place April 4-7, 2016 in Greensboro, N.C., is a global summit that seeks to expose the impact, while providing solutions to the pervasive problem of Internet pornography. This unique conference will discuss the true impact of Internet pornography, the neurological, psychological, cultural and spiritual implications of pornography, and providing attendees with the methods and resources for leading the fight against pornography. This conference will inspire you to educate parents, school administrators, and church leaders about the dangers of Internet pornography.
I am honored to be one of the speakers at the Summit, where I will be speaking on the topic, “Parenting in a Dirty World.” This topic is especially crucial, as I will be discussing about ways to keep your children safe online.
You don’t want to miss a minute of this Summit! There is space still available to attend the Set Free Summit. You can register here. I hope to see you at the Set Free Summit in Greensboro, N.C. on April 4-7, 2016!
When I was growing up, my grandmother, GG, would wrap her presents to my sister and me with the cover of a Christmas card as part of her festive wrapping.
I saved one of my favorite cards with the poem, “A Solitary Life”, and wanted to share it with you.
In these troubled times, with terror attacks occurring regularly, riots in the streets, troubled economies and broken homes, people are seeking answers.
I want to remind us all of the gift of the life of Jesus of Nazareth. All religions agree on one thing, and that is that Jesus was a great man and a great prophet. Some believe as I do, that He is the Messiah and God Incarnate. Whatever your belief, I encourage you to read more about the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel accounts of his short earthly life of 33 years.
He summed up all of His teachings by instructing His followers to Love God and Love others as themselves. If peoples of our world would practice His radical teachings, the world would indeed be a much more loving and peaceful place.
It starts with us.
Have a Blessed weekend.
Utah House Passes Anti-Pornography Resolution
Great news from Utah! The Utah House recently passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. Now, this historic resolution is headed to Governor Gary Herbert’s desk to be signed, for the protection of children, families from the damaging effects of pornography. Hopefully, this bold action from Utah’s elected officials will inspire other state legislatures to be bold and pass similar resolutions.
The White House has declared identity theft as the fastest growing crime in America. Identity theft can happen to anyone at any age, and it is of the utmost urgency to protect yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to this crime. The Federal Trade Commission has created a one stop shop resource at its updated IdentityTheft.gov for tips on how to protect yourself from identity theft, in addition to reporting the crime and restoring your identity with a personal recovery plan if you fall victim.
Have you been Phished lately? I have, almost every day in fact. Phishing is a type of online fraud in which someone tries to trick the user into revealing valuable personal information. Please watch this short video with key tips to help keep you safe from phishing online.
On April 19, 2016, I will also be speaking at WiFiNow USA in Tysons Corner on the topic of making public Wi-Fi safe in the U.S. Folks, it’s all about WiFi these days. Technology is always evolving and WiFi is the primary means by which we connect when mobile.
Enough Is Enough on Social Media
Happy March, everyone! I am writing to share with you how our issue of the prevention of sexual violence against women and children has been front and center this week at the Oscars and also other timely news.
Powerful Message at the Oscars
Also, Lady Gaga performed a wonderful song at the Oscars, “Til it happens to you,” which exposes the pain of sexual violence happening across America, in particular … the rape of college girls on campus. At the end of Lady Gaga’s performance, dozens of young people appeared on stage with powerful messages tattooed on their arms, like “Survivor,” “It happened to me,” and “You are Loved.”
The pursuit of “hotness” has become huge in the lives of American girls. Studies, including a report by the American Psychological Association in 2007, concludes this has “wide-ranging ramifications for girls’ health and well-being, including studies that link this pressure to sexualize on all kinds of things like rising anxiety, depression, cutting, eating disorders.”
Beware! Last time I wrote to you about some of the dangers regarding the Kik App. I now want to alert you to the many dating apps attracting teens, some of which are downright creepy. ” In its heyday, Hot or Not, perhaps one of the cruelest and most entertaining websites on the Web, was the go-to site for finding out on a 1 to 10 scale whether you were a beauty or a beast in the eyes of your peers. The site inspired social media sites ranging from Facebook to Tinder, and now it’s back to cash in on the Internet dating scene. Like many of the other apps, it uses location to link you to people near you. The app’s defining feature, “Hot Lists,” reportedly gauges a person’s hotness through crowdsourced votes, just like the old website used to do. The app is supposed to update in real time, so you can find the best looking people in your vicinity….” excerpted from article. Read more here.
Become Educated, Equipped and Empowered
Parents and Grandparents, please remember to have an ongoing dialogue with your kids about how they are using technology. First and foremost, establish an atmosphere of trust. Know who they are communicating with online and talk about who is safe and who is not. Review their posts and pictures with them. Make sure you are friends with them on their social media sites and that their profiles/sites are set to private. Teach them there are NO take backs and to think before they post.