Donna’s Press Statement: Weiner’s Woes Worsen

STATEMENT OF INTERNET SAFETY ADVOCATE DONNA RICE HUGHES ON ANTHONY WEINER SEXTING REPORT

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Washington, D.C–” Reports indicate Anthony Weiner has been knowingly sexting with a minor, a fifteen-year-old high school girl. While sexting may unfortunately be the new normal for youth and adults alike, adults sexting with minor children is a crime.  Mr. Weiner’s compulsive sexting behavior has sadly already cost him his promising political career, his marriage, his family, and now, may result in criminal charges.

This latest story provides yet another teachable moment for parents to communicate with their children the negative consequences and dangers of sexting.  Parents must become good cyber-parents and the first line of defense to protect their kids from all dangers online including online predation, pornography and cyberbullying. Implementing non-technical measures such as knowing your child’s online activities combined with implementing parental, controls including monitoring, might well have prevented this young girl from sexual exploitation.
Bottom line: caution. Sexual exploitation is a real and present danger. No child is immune. This is why online safety is the fourth leading health concern in United States and sexting is ranked 6th,” said Donna Rice-Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough, the pioneering Internet safety organization.
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For more information on Protecting Kids Online go to  http://internetsafety101.org/safety ; and on Sexting and Safety Tips for Parents http://internetsafety101.org/sexting
To read the NY Post Story Click Here.

 

To arrange an interview with Donna Rice Hughes, contact Kevin McVicker at Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920  or  kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

Teaching Your Kids to Combat Cyberbullying

Note: a Special thanks to guest blogger Deborah Lansing for this informative piece on cyberbullying!  
— Donna Rice Hughes, President & CEO, Enough Is Enough

lady-on-cellParenting in the digital era has to be taken to another level. Not only must we be aware of the dangers that lurk around our local community but we are now dealing with dangers stemming from every corner of the world due to technology.

Cyberbullying is one of the issues that has come with the digital age and its effects have been saddening, at times even tragic. From false rumors spread online to mean texts, threats and even identity theft, cyberbullying comes in many forms.

It is much easier for anyone to bully or to get bullied online, rather than in real life. While 19.6% of students have reported being bullied at school, 43% of teens have reported being bullied online. Arming your kids with the right tools to combat cyberbullying is one way you can help beat this global issue as a parent and raise kids that are not bullies; kids who know how to stand up for themselves and for others. The following tips by the Digital Avengers Cyberbullying Campaign will help you to raise kids who are capable of handling this modern issue.

Say no to compromising media – Your kids should be taught that no matter how much they may trust someone, they should never send inappropriate photos or videos of themselves because they could be used against them. Moreover, data such as passwords and addresses should never be shared online for the same reason.

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Think before you post – Teach your kids to think before posting something inappropriate on social media that could lead to bullying and future consequences. The same goes for those participating in cyberbullying. Kids should be taught that posting something that ought to be private, simply to make fun of someone else is a form of cyberbullying.

Commenting or liking is adding fuel to the fire – Your kid may not be the initiator of cyberbullying but if he likes or shares the post, then your kid is only participating in the success of another cyberbullying story.

Teach them not to be bystanders – “90% of teens who see cyberbullying say they ignored it,” which is a significant statistic. Encourage them to report cyberbullies whenever possible (this is easy to do on social media sites). They can also comment and say that they are against such bullying and they can reach out privately to the victim to show their support.

Save evidence – Whether they are the ones being bullied or witnessing someone else being bullied, teach your kids to save evidence. Emails, social media posts, screenshots and other forms of evidence will all help to bring down cyberbullies.

Don’t fight it alone – Even the most confident adults can struggle to handle cyberbullying, let alone kids who are just finding their feet in the world. Cyberbullying has led to several tragic stories and so your kid should know that he should never fight this battle alone. Finding the right support system — parents, teachers and good friends will help your kid come out of this stronger than ever.

Hillary Clinton Promises to Protect Children From Sexual Exploitation Online

HILLARY CLINTON PROMISES TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ONLINE  
Supports Goals of The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge
For Immediate Release
September 7, 2016
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Washington, D.C.Donna Rice Hughes, CEO/President of Enough Is Enough™  (EIE),whose mission  is making the Internet safer for children and families,  is very encouraged with the response to   The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge, developed by EIE.The Pledge was sent to each of the Presidential Candidates, calling upon them, if elected President to make a pledge to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children by enforcing the existing federal laws and advancing public policies designed to 1) prevent the sexual exploitation of children online and 2) to make the Internet safer for all. EIE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse or oppose candidates for office.

 

Secretary Hillary Clinton recently sent a letter expressing support for the goals of The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge.  “I am grateful for your leadership and efforts in preventing the sexual exploitation of children online. Please know that you have my commitment in this fight to protect our young people form the threats of pornography, sexual predators and traffickers. As a Senator,” Secretary Clinton writes, “I was proud to co-sponsor and support many pieces of legislation aimed at protecting our children from predators.”

 

“Secretary Clinton’s letter of support is vitally important” said Mrs. Hughes, a leading Internet safety pioneer since 1994, in a personal statement. “The next President of the United States must make protecting the innocence of children from Internet-enabled sexual exploitation a top priority. Only when our nation’s children are safe and allowed to grow up free from sexual  violence will America be truly great and safe again.

 

“This is a bi-partisan issue in which we can check our political differences at the door. Donald Trump enthusiastically signed the Pledge in July, prior to the GOP convention. I also hope Gov. Johnson will do the same. This is the first time since the advent of the Internet that both the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominees have promised to lead a holistic effort, as outlined in the Pledge, to protect vulnerable children from unscrupulous Internet pornographers, child pornographers, sexual predators and traffickers.”
Mrs. Hughes, who also served on the bi-partisan Child Online Protection Commission, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force of the State Attorneys General of the United States, and who has testified numerous times before Congress regarding protecting children  online, went on to  say:  “Governments can’t parent and parents can’t enforce the law. Parents alone cannot prevent Internet crimes against their children.  Government must also do its part and enforce all the laws on the books, not just some of them! Over the last two decades America’s children have paid an unnecessarily steep price for the lax enforcement of federal obscenity laws. Obscenity is not protected under the First Amendment, and the failure to enforce the law is harming children across the nation and around the world.”

 

“Protecting youth online and making the Internet safer for children and families requires a multi-faceted strategy with a shared responsibility between the public, industry, and government. The need for aggressive enforcement of existing laws and adequate funding for Law Enforcement to do the job is long overdue. For nearly two decades, bi-partisan government commissions, task forces, Internet safety groups, and researchers, who have recognized the significant risks associated with unfettered Internet access by youth, and have called upon the government and law enforcement to take aggressive action.”

 

The Pledge’s goals include a commitment to appoint an Attorney General, who will make the vigorous prosecution of the federal obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation, child trafficking laws and the Children’s Internet Protection Act a top priority.  The Pledge also includes provisions for the necessary resources and tools to prosecute such crimes and calls for the establishment of public-private partnerships to step up voluntary efforts to reduce and prevent Internet crimes against children. Finally, the Pledge asks for consideration to appoint a Presidential Commission to examine the harmful public health impact of Internet pornography and the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children in the digital age.

 

Last Spring, the Utah legislature passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which leads to the “hyper-sexualization of teens” and an “increase in the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, and child pornography.”  The Utah resolution signals an important shift in how a growing body of scientific data is influencing policy.  To date, scientific data associates Internet pornography with addiction, aggression, abuse, family break-down, hindered psychosocial development and decreased well-being.
According to Dr. Jill Manning, a researcher, mental health practitioner and EIE Board member, “it is groundbreaking to have corporate and political leaders reexamining the controversial topic of pornography and concluding that the research substantiates a public health approach.”
Mrs.  Hughes concluded her personal statement by noting: “When the next President of the United States says enough is enough to the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of our nation’s youth, the tide will begin to turn.”
Enough Is Enough will be asking other federal and state legislators and candidates to sign the pledge in order to insure their commitment to this critically important issue.
The Pledge is supported by peer-reviewed research showing the severity of the problem including:
  • There has been a 774% increase in the number of child pornography images and videos reviewed through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Child Victim Identification Program between 2005 and 2011. Most victims of child pornography are prepubescent with a growing trend toward depicting abuse of younger children, including infants.
  • Every day, children in the United States are sold for sex, often over the Internet on sites like backpage.com.
  • Searches for teen pornography more than tripled between 2005 and 2013.
  • 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online; 32% of boys and 18% of girls have viewed bestiality online.
  • Internet safety is the 4th top ranked issue on the list of health concerns for U.S. children and sexting is ranked 6th.Sexting behaviors are significantly associated with consuming pornography.
  • Porn users demand a constant stream of new, increasingly violent and “fetishized” content. In order to keep up with this demand, more women and children become prostituted and trafficked.
  • 2016 meta-analysis of pornography research reveals adolescent pornography consumption is significantly associated with stronger gender-stereotypical sexual beliefs, earlier sexual debut, increased casual sex behavior, and increased sexual aggression both as perpetrators and victims.
  • The United States is the largest producer and exporter of hardcore pornographic DVDs and web material. (2014)
The Presidential Pledge and supporting documentation, including the signed Pledge by Donald Trump and the letter of support by Hillary Clinton, can be found athttp://enough.org/presidential_pledge.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Donna Rice Hughes, contact Kevin McVicker with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 orkmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

Donald Trump Pledges to Protect Children From Sexual Exploitation Online

DONALD TRUMP PLEDGES TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM
SEXUAL EXPLOITATION ONLINE
Vows Aggressive Enforcement of Existing Federal Laws
For Immediate Release
August 1, 2016
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Washington, D.C.Donna Rice Hughes, CEO/President of  Enough Is Enough®  (EIE), whose mission  is making the Internet safer for children and families, is very encouraged with the response to  The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge, developed by Enough Is Enough. The Pledge was sent to each of the Presidential Candidates,calling upon them, if elected President to make a pledge to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children by enforcing the existing federal laws and advancing public policies designed to 1) prevent the sexual exploitation of children online and 2) to make the Internet safer for all. EIE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse or oppose candidates for office. Mr. Trump’s campaign promptly returned the signed Pledge. Secretary Hillary Clinton’s campaign declined to sign the Pledge citing the campaign’s policy against signing pledges, stating that they did however, support the Pledge’s goals. Governor Gary Johnson’s campaign has not yet responded.
“Mr. Trump’s leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law is demonstrated by his signing of the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge,” said Mrs. Hughes, a leading Internet safety pioneer, author of “Kids Online”, and producer and host of the Emmy-winning Internet Safety 101 TV series, in a personal statement as a concerned citizen, not in her capacity as the CEO/President of EIE: “Making the Internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again. The Clinton campaign’s support of the Pledge’s goals is also a step in the right direction. This is a bi-partisan unifying issue in which we can all check our differences at the door for the sake of the children.  I remain optimistic that Secretary Clinton will reconsider signing this important pledge and that Gov. Johnson will do the same.”
Mrs. Hughes, who also served on the bi-partisan Child Online Protection Commission, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force of the State Attorneys General of the United States, and who has testified numerous times before Congress regarding protecting children  online, went on to  say: “Governments can’t parent and parents can’t enforce the law. Parents alone cannot prevent Internet crimes against their children.  Government must also do its part and enforce all the laws on the books, not just some of them! Over the last two decades America’s children have paid an unnecessarily steep price for the lax enforcement of federal obscenity laws. Obscenity is not protected under the First Amendment, and the failure to enforce the law is harming children across the nation and around the world. Strong leadership to protect vulnerable children from unscrupulous Internet pornographers, predators and traffickers must begin at the top.
“Preventing the sexual exploitation of youth online requires a multi-faceted holistic strategy with a shared responsibility between the public, industry, and government. The need for aggressive enforcement of existing laws and adequate funding for Law Enforcement to do the job is long overdue. For nearly two decades, bi-partisan government commissions, task forces, Internet safety groups, and researchers, who have recognized the significant risks associated with unfettered Internet access by youth, and have called upon the government and law enforcement to take aggressive action.”
The Pledge’s goals include a commitment to appoint an Attorney General, who will make the vigorous prosecution of the federal obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation, child trafficking laws and the Children’s Internet Protection Act a top priority.  The Pledge also includes provisions for the necessary resources and tools to prosecute such crimes and calls for the establishment of public-private partnerships to step up voluntary efforts to reduce and prevent Internet crimes against children. Finally, the Pledge asks for consideration to appoint a Presidential Commission to examine the harmful public health impact of Internet pornography and the prevention of the sexual exploitation of children in the digital age.
Last Spring, the Utah legislature passed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, which leads to the “hyper-sexualization of teens” and an “increase in the demand for sex trafficking, prostitution, and child pornography.”  The Utah resolution signals an important shift in how a growing body of scientific data is influencing policy.  To date, scientific data associates Internet pornography with addiction, aggression, abuse, family break-down, hindered psychosocial development and decreased well-being.
According to Dr. Jill Manning, a researcher, mental health practitioner and EIE Board member, “it is groundbreaking to have corporate and political leaders reexamining the controversial topic of pornography and concluding that the research substantiates a public health approach.”
Mrs. Hughes concluded her personal statement by noting: “When the next President of the United States says enough is enough to the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of our nation’s youth, the tide will begin to turn.”
Enough is Enough will be asking other federal and state legislators and candidates to sign  similar pledges in order to insure their commitment to this critically important issue.
The Pledge is supported by peer-reviewed research showing the severity of the problem including:
  • There has been a 774% increase in the number of child pornography images and videos reviewed through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Child Victim Identification Program between 2005 and 2011. Most victims of child pornography are prepubescent with a growing trend toward depicting abuse of younger children, including infants.
  • Every day, children in the United States are sold for sex, often over the Internet on sites like backpage.com.
  • Searches for teen pornography more than tripled between 2005 and 2013.
  • 83% of boys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online; 32% of boys and 18% of girls have viewed bestiality online.
  • Internet safety is the 4th top ranked issue on the list of health concerns for U.S. children and sexting is ranked 6th.Sexting behaviors are significantly associated with consuming pornography.
  • Porn users demand a constant stream of new, increasingly violent and “fetishized” content. In order to keep up with this demand, more women and children become prostituted and trafficked.
  • 2016 meta-analysis of pornography research reveals adolescent pornography consumption is significantly associated with stronger gender-stereotypical sexual beliefs, earlier sexual debut, increased casual sex behavior, and increased sexual aggression both as perpetrators and victims.
  • The United States is the largest producer and exporter of hardcore pornographic DVDs and web material. (2014)
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The Presidential Pledge and supporting documentation can be found athttp://enough.org/presidential_pledge.
For more information or to arrange an interview with Donna Rice Hughes, contact Kevin McVicker with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 orkmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.
Donna Rice Hughes, Enough Is Enough’s CEO & President has been an Internet safety pioneer, author, and speaker since1994. As a media commentator, she has given over 4500 interviews on Internet safety related issues. She is also the Emmy-award winning Producer and Emmy nominated Host of the EIE’s Internet Safety 101 TV series. She has testified numerous times before Congress, and has served as a COPA Commissioner and    other national and state government task forces. She won the 2013 Women In Technology Award for Social Impact and the 2014 Professional Women in Advocacy Excellence In Advocacy Award for “Veteran Practitioner”.

 

Labor of Love…Safety Never Sleeps

Dear Friends,

Traditionally, Labor Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of American workers. We have a lot to be proud of and a lot to celebrate! Nowadays, hard-working Americans enjoy Labor Day as a day to take a break from their hard work and celebrate the unofficial end of summertime. Even though many Americans have the day off on Monday, there are some things from which we can never rest. Our vigilance and commitment to protecting children and families from the dangers of sexual exploitation, cyber bullying, child pornography, and trafficking should never falter.

The recent sexting scandal involving Anthony Weiner not only serves as a reminder to us to be ever-vigilant, but also provides an opportunity to teach our children about the dangers and consequences of sexting. This pervasive and destructive behavior is becoming so commonplace among school-age children that many don’t even realize it is unsafe and wrong!

 

Throughout the month of September we will be highlighting some of the tools and resources that we have available to you so that you may be confident that your children are protected from the ever-present threats that lurk online and behind smart phones.

We know you can’t be with your children all the time, though, even in public. This is why we are so happy about our recent victories withMcDonalds and Starbucks. Having committed to filtering their public wifi from child porn and porn, these places deserve our thanks. In the coming days we hope we can announce to you even MORE businesses who will join the ranks of Starbucks and McDonalds as safer places for families.

 

As you enjoy your long weekend we hope you remember that Enough is Enough is tirelessly working to allow you to equip yourself with the knowledge and the tools you need to ensure your families’ safety online, on the phones, and among peers. Ours is a labor of love and determination and we ask you to join us as we continue to lead the effort to confront online pornography, child pornography, child stalking and sexual predation with innovative initiatives and effective communications.

 

Enjoy your Weekend!

WEINER’S COMPULSIVE SEXTING IS TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR PARENTS AND TEENS

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2016

WEINER’S COMPULSIVE SEXTING IS TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR PARENTS AND TEENS 

Studies Show Menacing Threats from Youth Sexting

Washington, D.C.Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough™ (EIE), the pioneering internet safety organization, advises parents to learn from the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal and become vigilant about the predatory and emotional dangers posed by careless sexting.

“In the case of former Rep. Anthony Weiner, sexting appears to have become a compulsive addiction,” said Donna Rice Hughes. “When someone continues behavior that leads to loss of a job, career, relationships and public humiliation, as is the case with Weiner, professional intervention, accountability and support is needed.  It is so sad to see people in leadership succumb to sex addictions when there is so much to lose and so much help available.”

Research shows that sexting is considered by both youth and adults to be the new “normal,” but the considerable risks involved with sexting are simply not worth it. Sexting is now the 6th top ranked issue in the list of health concerns for U.S. children.¹ In the case of minors, sexting images of underage teens and tweens is considered child pornography which is a felony.

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“Parents can use public cases such as Weiner’s as teachable moments:  Sexting is not “okay.” It is not safe, it is not admirable, and can lead to public humiliation and worse, in some cases. It can lead to the very real dangers of sexted images landing in the hands of sexual predators, cyberbullies and sextortioners in which lives can be shattered,” said Mrs. Hughes, who led EIE’s development and production of the Emmy award winning Internet Safety 101 curriculum to educate and empower parents to protect children from online dangers. The program, also available in Spanish, can be found on Vimeo and Amazon.

A report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy found that:

  • Although most teens who send sexually suggestive content are sending it to boyfriends and girlfriends, others say they are sending such material to those they want to hook up with or even to someone they only know online.
  • Teens are conflicted about sending/posting sexually suggestive content–they know it’s potentially dangerous, yet many do it anyway.
  • Teens are sending sexually explicit messages and images, even though they know such content often gets shared with those other than the intended recipient.
  • Young people who receive nude/semi-nude images and sexually suggestive texts and emails are sharing them with other people for whom they were never intended.
  • Teens admit that sending/posting sexually suggestive content has an impact on their behavior.

Other research shows:

  • Peer pressure and popularity are key factors in why teens sext, despite knowing the potential risks.² 
  • Growing evidence has identified a relationship between viewing pornography and violent or abusive behavior in young men. These findings are from a large survey of 4,564 young people aged 14 to 17 in five European countries which illuminate the relationship between regular viewing of online pornography, sexual coercion and abuse and the sending and receiving of sexual images and messages, known as “sexting.”³  

Enough Is Enough offers  tips for parents to protect kids from sexting including:

  • Regularly talk to your kids about what they are doing online and outline the risks;
  • Teach them to think before they post and that nothing online is truly private;
  • Set expectations about online behavior;
  • Utilize parental control tools offered by your mobile carrier.

(More information on preventing sexting can be found at http://internetsafety101.org/sexting.)

EIE highly encourages parents to get a copy of the Internet Safety 101 Program™ and learn how to help their teens and tweens avoid the serious negative impacts of sexting and other dangerous online activities.

Enough Is Enough™ is a national bi-partisan non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994. EIE’s efforts are focused on combating Internet p*rnography, child p*rnography, sexual predation, and cyberbullying by incorporating a three-pronged prevention strategy with shared responsibilities between the public, Corporate America, and the legal community.  www.enough.org. http://www.internetsafety101.org

For more information or to arrange an interview with Donna Rice Hughes, please contact Kevin McVicker with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at 703-739-5920 or kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com.

 

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  1. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (2015) Sexting and internet safety climb top 10 list of health concerns for children across the U.S. National Poll on Children’s Health. University of Michigan [Online] [Accessed 29th December 2015] http://www.mottchildren.org/news/archive/201508/sexting
  2. “Sex and the Media” issue of Routledge’s Media Psychology, authors Mariek Vanden Abeele, Ph.D., Scott W Campbell, PhD., Steven Eggermont, PhD., and Keith Roe, PhD 2014
  3. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2016 Mar 6

Exciting Progress!

Dear Friends,
This summer has been so productive in our efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families. In summary, a few of our key victories include both McDonald’s and Starbucks’ commitment to filter their public WiFi, Donald Trump’s signing of our Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge, and the launch of our summer $22K in 22 days funding campaign. Since a few weeks have passed since our last update, I am writing to give you a few brief updates!

 

 

Update on Pledge – As you know, Donald Trump signed EIE’s Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge agreeing to aggressively enforce all the laws on the books to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online. We’re very grateful for his leadership! Last week Hillary Clinton’s national campaign director called me and told me she is sending me a letter in support of the Pledge. As soon as I get it, I will share it with you.
We can’t just rely on our political leaders – we need our citizens to take action if we’re ever going to truly prevent the sexual exploitation of children online. That’s why we’re introducing the The Children’s Internet Safety Citizens Pledge which  lends support to  Presidential Pledge. This pledge is for citizens like you who support the tenets of the Presidential Pledge. Our goal is to collect 25,000 signatures to send to both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to show them how important the Presidential Pledge is to everyday Americans.
Also, citizens who sign this Pledge promise to do their part as Americans to protect children online and offline, whether they are their own children or the children of others. Please let your voice be heard by signing the Pledge here.

 

 

An example of why the Presidential Pledge is so crucial is evidenced in the Elizabeth Smart video which recently went viral.  Elizabeth’s story is a prime example of the devastating link between hard-core porn and sexual abuse and victimization.

 

Sadly, Elizabeth’s abuse at the hand of a porn addicted child abuser is not uncommon. It is very typical for sexual predators to use porn to arouse themselves and to train and desensitize their victim to the sex acts they will be forced to perform. Pedophiles do this all the time with children – porn is their “educational tool” and is also used to sexualize the victim. This is one of the myriad reasons as to why we need to continue to educate and mobilize our nation to combat obscene pornography, predation, trafficking and child porn.
To continue to build on our many victories this summer, such as McDonald’s and Starbucks decision to filter child pornography and pornography from their public WiFi, we need your to help. We seriously cannot operate without your kind and generous donations. 

 

 

As you may know, summer months are lean for fundraising. Unfortunately, we have not yet reached our $22,000 goal, so we are extending the deadline. We simply must raise $22,000 by Labor Day in order to continue the fight. You can make a one time donation of  $25, $50, $100, $250, $500  or you can join our President’s or CEO Circle with ongoing Pledge of support.  Please CLICK HERE to make your contribution today.

 

You can also support EIE financially by doing your online shopping through Cause Network. Over 1000 popular online stores like Amazon, Best Buy, Macy’s, Expedia, etc participate and pay back a percentage of your purchases to support EIE’s ongoing programs to make the Internet safer for children and families. Labor Day and Back to School sales are just a few of the great deals offered. Shop, Save and Support EIE!

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

I’ll be in touch soon with more exciting announcements. But as always, thank you for all that you do. I’m grateful to be in the fight with you.

Gratefully,

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Donna Rice Hughes

President & CEO

Three Victories in Three Weeks!

 

 

Dear Friends and Partners of EIE;
For the third time in three weeks, we have big things happening here at EIE! Building on the success of McDonald’s agreeing to filter their WiFi in nearly 14,000 stores nationwide and Starbucks’ promise to filter their WiFi both nationally AND globally, we were able to convince the first Presidential candidate in history to sign acomprehensive Internet safety pledgeThe Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge.
The Pledge was sent to each of the Presidential Candidates, calling upon them, if elected President to defend the innocence and dignity of America’s children by enforcing the existing federal laws and advancing public policies designed to 1) prevent the sexual exploitation of children online and 2) to make the Internet safer for all.
GOP nominee Donald Trump returned the signed Pledge just before the GOP convention. EIE sent the Pledge to Secretary Clinton, whose campaign said they support the Pledge’s goals but have a policy to not sign pledges, and we have not yet gotten a response from Gary Johnson.

As you know, EIE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse or oppose candidates for office. We are hopeful that eventually all three candidates will sign this historic Pledge, for the sake of the children.
This is a significant step forward to elevate the need for the next President to commit to prevent the sexual exploitation of children and youth online a priority! The Pledge specifically asks each candidate to agree to “Appoint an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration and, to provide the intelligence community and law enforcement with the resources and tools needed to investigate and prosecute Internet crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children.”
You will find the press release here.
Dozens and dozens of media outlets picked up the story, reporting on the press release. Among them, Lifesite News accurately reports on the pledge in this way; “The heart of the promise requires the president to prosecute existing obscenity laws by ‘appointing an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration.'”
I was quoted in Momzette, speaking about the signing, “I applaud Mr. Trump’s leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law as demonstrated by his signing of the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. Making the internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again.”  In SLOT publication, I am further quoted as saying, “Government must also do its part and enforce all the laws on the books, not just some of them! Over the last two decades America’s children have paid an unnecessarily steep price for the lax enforcement of federal obscenity laws. Obscenity is not protected under the First Amendment, and the failure to enforce the law is harming children across the nation and around the world.”. In an interview, Hughes reportedly said that an explosion of internet porn “rewired teen brains.” This positive coverage of the event makes opening the discussion on this important issue more possible.
When the next President of the United States says enough is enough to the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of our nation’s youth, the tide will begin to turn at the highest level to protect the innocence of America’s children.
Enough is Enough will be asking other federal and state legislators and candidates to sign similar pledges in order to insure their commitment to this critically important issue. State leaders have already reached out to us to bring the Pledge to state legislators, which we plan to do.
The movement continues on with great momentum but we need your support and prayers.

Lastly, we just launched our August fundraising campaign to raise $22,000 in 22 day for the 22,000 filtered WiFi McDonald’s and Starbucks stores nationwide.
Thank you for all that you do!
Sincerely,
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Donna Rice Hughes
P.S.  You can also show your support for The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge by signing The Children’s Internet Safety Citizen’s Pledge to do your part to protect children online. Once we have collected 10,000 signatures, we will send them to the candidates for President to demonstrate the support of caring citizens like you.

We Are Not Only Changing the Culture…, We Are Changing the World, Thanks to You!

Dear Friend;

We did it together!  I am overwhelmed with the enormous success we are experiencing with the National Porn-Free WiFi campaign, which we launched in the fall of 2014! Two weeks ago we announced TWO major victories!

Victory 1: McDonald’s began to filter their public WiFi from pornography and child pornography in January in their company owned restaurants and urged their franchises to do the same. I have been working behind the scenes with McDonald’s all this time and waiting to announce the victory that nearly all of McDonald’s 14,000 stores nationwide are providing safe, filtered WiFi!!

Starbucks, however, was completely unresponsive to the certified letters I sent to their CEO, cosigned by 75 groups in our Porn Free WiFi Coalition accompanied by the 46,500 petitions signed by friends like you.  But we got them to change their mind in only TWO DAYS! 

Victory 2: After a flurry of positive media about McDonald’s WiFi filtering and headlines reading, “You can’t get porn in McDonald’s… so you will have to go to Starbucks!” and the launch of our  new petition signed by hundreds that flooded the inboxes of  Starbucks’ CEO and Board members…. They finally cried Enough Is Enough®!”

Starbucks announced they will be filtering WiFi in their company owned stores in America AND that they are planning to implement a Global Policy to filter child porn and porn worldwide! THIS IS HUGE!

The National Porn Free WiFi Campaign has now become the Global Porn Free WiFi Movement!  

The campaign started with a vision to urge McDonald’s and Starbucks, both based in America, to implement WiFi filtering to block child porn and porn in their stores in the USA and to lead corporate America to provide safe WiFi.  Why these two giant companies? Because they were the first big companies to filter WiFi in the UK over three years ago!

We – you — made history TWICE in one week. This is a feat that has never been accomplished amongst advocacy groups like ours. 

To put into context just how momentous this effort is, the estimate of places that will now have porn-free WiFi in the U.S., between McDonalds with their 14,000 stores and Starbucks with 8,000, amounts to 22,000 public WiFi hotspots across the country. 22,000 porn-free  hotspots!.

Our work isn’t over… its just beginning.  The world now connects through WiFi.. Our vision is to expand to other major restaurants, like Burger King, as well as shopping malls, hotels, airports, airlines, schools, libraries, and more.

There are many obvious reasons why we need corporate America to filter their public WiFi as I mentioned in my op-ed on Fox Newswhich you can read here.

Wars are won by winning multiple battles for as long as it takes. The tide is turning and we need your help to leverage the momentum.  Will you partner with us in this fight by giving today?  Any amount you can give will ensure that we can continue to make history.

Our goal is to raise $22,000 in 22 days which represents the 22,000 restaurants that have or will shut off access to WiFi child porn and porn in McDonalds and Starbucks.  With 14,000 McDonalds stores around the country, joined by the 8,000 Starbucks will be filtering, 22,000 represents a monumental number!

Here’s how you can help:

1. Make a tax-deductible donation today to ensure that we can take on other corporate entities. Any amount $1000,  $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or even $10 . Click here to learn more!

2. Join the National Porn Free WiFi Coalition. We now have over 75 organizations involved.   . If your company or organization would like to sign on… we welcome you.

3. Join the Porn Free WiFi Movement and sign your name here. Every time we start a new campaign, we will include your name as a member of the Movement.

You can helps us to accomplish more victories to protect children and families from online  sexual exploitation.

We need your help, and we need it now. $22,000 for the 22,000. There is more WiFi to be filtered, and we cannot do it without you.

Thank you in advance for your contribution, and thank you for your continued support. We cannot do this without you.

Thank You McDonalds!

Dear Friends,

thanks mcDs

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Because of your faithful partnership and dedication in supporting our efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families, we have a major victory to share with you!

McDonald’s is now filtering their public Wifi to block both child pornography and pornography in approximately 14,000 stores nationwide. Your support has been key in this awesome success story with McDonald’s. Join us in sending a Thank you to McDonald’s and we will send your thank you directly to our contact at McDonald’s!

Yesterday, we sent out this press release to praise McDonald’s for protecting children and families by offering safe friendly WiFi.

As a result of the National Porn Free Wi-Fi campaign launched in the fall of 2014, followed by over 50,000 concerned citizens like you signing our petition to the CEO’s of both McDonald’s and Starbucks to keep America’s children and families safe on their public WiFi, we got the attention of McDonald’s. They were very responsive and began to to filter their restaurants’ Wi-Fi from harmful access to p*rn and child porn in the first quarter of 2016! That’s right – predators can no longer fly under the radar of law enforcement to access child pornography on McDonald’s free Wifi.

While McDonald’s wasn’t aware of any pornography related incidents in their stores, their move to offer filtered WiFi is clearly one more major step in the right direction. The bottom line: Parents and families can have peace of mind that children and teens and all patrons will have a safe, friendly WiFi experience. Here’s what McDonald’s Global Communications Director had to say:

As you know, we heard back from McDonald’s after my initial letter to them in 2014. This effort has been a long time in the making, as McDonald’s told us over a year ago that they were seeking out effectively filtering solutions. Visit the NEW friendly wifi section  of our website to track the history of this two-year campaign.

Join us in saying bravo, McDonald’s, for protecting children and families from online child porn and exploitation. You can join us in thanking McDonald’s by:

  1. E-mailing a thank you: Add your name to the ever-growing list of thank you’s by clicking here.
  2. Tweet to McDonald’s: You could say something like: .@McDonalds thanks for blocking access to child p*rn by filtering your public wifi! #FriendlyWifi.
  3. Tag them on our Facebook page, and be sure to by “like” and “follow” our page for up-to-date happenings on this campaign.

Finally, here is a link to some of the wonderful media coverage we have received thus far. The top three articles, including my op-ed coverage on FOX News, are included.

Together, we are making the Internet safer for children and families. We are grateful for you. You’re making a difference… From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all that you do.