Together, We are Making Great Strides to Keep Kids and Families Safe Online

Dear Friends,
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As we wrap up October and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, it is our hope that you learned a lot by following us on social media and are better equipped to protect your family from threats. (Learn more at Cybersecurity section of our 101 site.)
This week is White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP) which brings together hundreds of national, state and local groups, along with concerned citizens in a massive effort to educate the public on the harms from pornography and the many resources available to aid those affected. See WRAP Week section below for great information to help you protect your children and family.
Are you following us on Twitter and Facebook? If not, please join do so today and help us help you. Will you share this newsletter with two other people and ask them to sign up for our e-communications? Thanks everyone.
Together we are making a difference!
Donna

Shaping Policy
Victory!

We are excited to report over  20,000 petitions were sent to  top Disney executives  urging them to use their legal muscle against phuge-successornographers producing Disney-themed porn. Do you believe Disney should protect their brand and our kids!  If so, please sign the petition by clicking the graphic) Thank you for being a Change Agent!
Election Day is almost here! Let our next President know that preventing the exploitation of children online MUST be a national priority by signing the Children’s Internet Safety Citizen’s Pledgesign-citizens-pledge

Changing The Culture

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The first week of November is National WRAP Week. Become educated, equipped and empowered  to better understand pornography’s harms,  tricks pornographers use to get kids to their sites and other important information for parents.porn-free-wi-fi
We have put together simple safety tips with short videos to empower you to prevent your kids from  porn, predators and other dangers.
Get the full Emmy-winning Internet Safety 101 TV series  now on Vimeo and the 101
Curriculum on Amazon. Get yours today!

See our Resource Center emmy-awardfor up-to-date resources by clicking on  graphic at the bottom of the screen to be redirected to our Resource Center!

Finally, our partner, The  National Center On Sexual Exploitation also has some great webinars this week. Check them out here!

 


EIE In the News

Press Releases:

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH® JOINS HOMELAND SECURITY CAMPAIGN URGING FAMILIES, EDUCATORS, AND COMPANIES TO BE MORE VIGILANT ONLINE

CQ RESEARCHER: PORNOGRAPHY — DOES IT POSE A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS?


Take Action! Become a Change Agent!

Find out more about our campaigns and how you can Take Action to help make the Internet safer for Children and Families! CLICK HERE to visit our Action Center!

Please support our mission to make the Internet Safer for Children and Families with your most generous donation today or become a regular partner by joining Donna’s Team, The President’s Circle or the CEO’s Circle!

Help Us STOP Disney Themed Porn

SIGN OUR PETITION NOW
HELP US STOP DISNEY-THEMED XXX PORNOGRAPHY

eie_meme_09202016_ed-04Dear Friends and Partners in the Movement,

We need your help. What I am about to tell you will shock you, but its true.

For 15 years, we at Enough Is Enough® , have patiently urged Disney executives to take action to stop the proliferation of Disney themed hard-core porn sites, in particular, Disneypornland. These sites-are a clear violation of Disney’s copyrighted brand as well as its signature cartoon characters.

They portray beloved Disney characters performing graphic sexual acts with one another.
Sorry parents and grandparents, they are all there. Ariel, Snow White, Cinderella, and more. Why? Because the multi-billion Internet porn industry has successfully used deceptive and misleading marketing tactics to trick online users to get them to their porn sites.

I’ve avoided making this issue more public out of concern that traffic to these sites would explode and millions of curious seekers would be exposed to the disturbing videos and images that would be difficult to erase from their minds. Trust me, don’t look, don’t search. You can’t “unsee it”. If you don’t believe me, you can simply view our Internet Safety 101 teaching series film trailor here in which I use a Disneypornland, with blurred images, as an example of the misuse of popular cartoon characters.

I first brought this issue to Disney in 1999 and several times since then. I had hoped that Disney would have taken aggressive action to enforce their copyrights. But today, sadly, Disneypornland has not been taken down and has only grown to incorporate the newest and most popular Disney characters. And it’s gotten much worse, My recent Google search on Disney-themed porn yielded more than 12,600,000 search returns. In other words, there a many other obscene porn sites that are now exploiting and capitalizing the Disney brand and characters.

Why? Because they can. Only Disney has the muscle and legal authority to take action.
Disney themed porn is a serious issue. Online pornographers will stop at nothing, and don’t believe for a minute they are not after your kids.

Pornographers understand that the sexually exploitative pornography they produce and distribute is highly addictive. If they can get children hooked at a young age when they are curious, their hormones are raging and their brains and bodies are underdeveloped, they will likely have a consumer for life unless the addiction cycle is broken.

“I think about every person in this generation, and probably the one before us, have all looked up pornography once in their life. Even if you’re not looking for it, you could be innocent on the computer…and it’ll find you.” — Zach, 15 yr.old, Internet Safety 101 DVD

Will you join us in urging Disney to aggressively pursue the shutdown popular Disney-themed porn sites, for the sake of children and families in America and all over the world?

Please sign this petition today. It is going to the inboxes of 7 top Disney executives. We are not messing around. Enough Is Enough!

Thank you for the sake of children and families worldwide,

Yours in the Fight,
Donna Rice Hughes
President & CEO
Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families.
http://www.enough.org, http://www.internetsafety101.org , http://www.friendlywifi.org

P.S. In case you missed it, I wrote an article on this issue that ran in the Washington Examiner last Friday. Read it here.

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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.
http://www.enough.org. http://www.internetsafety101.org

EIE Newsletter for October 2016

Dear Friends, September was a busy month filled with huge victories to  shape public policy and change the culture!

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we have lots planned in partnership with the National CyberSecurity Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security so be sure to stay plugged in to EIE for more information to keep your family safe. You can read more about our partnership and commitment HERE

Shaping Policy – This is Historic!

The  Presidential nominees from both parties are supportingThe Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge.to utilize the Oval Office to lead in preventing the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of youth online.  We need your help to get the issues talked about in the debates and the media by signing your name to The Citizen’s Pledge. We will send all the names to the candidates and media so that kids’ safety online is talked about by Trump, Clinton, the media and in the  debates.
Click HERE to read more about the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge and to sign  Sign the Children’s Internet Safety Citizen’s Pledge Our goal is 25k signatures!
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Changing the Culture

Thanks to you, we have been hitting homeruns with the National  Porn Free Wifi Campaign. We are targeting libraries, hotels and more restaurants next. Stay tuned for a huge announcement soon!
IF you haven’t already, please add your name to our Thank you to McDonald’s for filtering their WiFi nationally and to Starbucks for their pledge to begin filtering.Learn About McDonalds’ and Starbucks’ commitment to family safe Wifi .

Thank Starbucks and McDonalds for Filtering Their Public Wifi

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EIE In The News

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Donna Rice Hughes on EWTN News Nightly 

Donna Rice Hughes was on The Laura Ingraham Show on September 28th, talking about the Historical Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. You can listen with a subscription HERE.

Print Media:

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER: THE POLITICS OF PORNOGRAPHY
THE CHRISTIAN POST: SEXTING HAS BECOME ‘RITE OF PASSAGE’ FOR TEENS, INTERNET SAFETY ACTIVIST WARNS PARENTSWND: MYRA ADAMS TALKS TO ACTIVIST WHO ROARED BACK FROM SCANDAL VIA ‘GOD’S FAITHFULNESS’

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: HOLLYWOOD ATTACKS PARENTAL MOVIE FILTERING OK’D BY CONGRESS

AUGUSTA FREE PRESS: SEXTING HEADLINES EMPHASIZE NEED FOR VIGILANCE

WND: WOMEN COMMIT SUICIDE OVER HORRIFIC ‘CYBER RAPE’ TREND

CNSNEWS: DONNA RICE-HUGHES ON LATEST WEINER SCANDAL: A ‘TEACHABLE MOMENT’ ABOUT THE ‘DANGERS OF SEXTING’

THE HILL: TRUMP AND CLINTON VOICE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO PROTECT CHILDREN ONLINE

Take Action! Become a Change Agent!

 Friend, we are making a HUGE IMPACT to protect kids online but we can no longer do this without your financial support. If you agree that we are winning big, will you support us? EIE is  a small donor supported organization. Here’s how you can help!

Donate- and help make the internet safe for children and families 

For the Sake of the Children,

Donna

PS.  Learn More About October and Cyber Security Month Get involved with National Cybersecurity Awareness month efforts

Parents, Whack-a-mole, and Cyberthreats

Stop. Think. Connect. 

Enough Is Enough Joins Homeland Security Campaign Urging Families,

Educators, and Companies to be More Vigilant Online

WASHINGTON, DC— Enough Is Enough (EIE) joins the National Cyber Security Alliance cyber-security-buttonand the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Security Awareness Campaign for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). “Stop.Think.Connect.” is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.

“Internet safety and security are a crucial part of parents’ lives in today’s digital world,” says Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough Is Enough, producer and host of EIE’s award-winning Internet Safety 101 Program to educate and empower parents to protect kids online. “Cyber security awareness month is an ideal reminder to parents to become more aware of their children’s activities online, discover what they don’t know and learn how to be their children’s first line of defense. In the ever evolving digital world where kids are constantly connected and dangers are prevalent, parents can feel they are playing whack-a-mole in their attempts to keep kids safe. We encourage parents to have a reality check and recognize that even the smartest most responsible of children are not always immune from online threats. This month, EIE joins hundreds of other organizations to help sure that every parent has the tools needed to prevent the misfortunes we see in the news.”

Internet safety is a shared responsibility between the public, corporate America and government. Parents cannot do the job of corporate America and law enforcement. This is why EIE continues to press forward with its current National Porn Free WiFi Campaign urging American companies offering free public WiFi to their patrons to voluntarily filter child porn and pornography.  In response, McDonald’s is now filtering their in store WiFi in nearly all of their 14,000 stores and Starbucks has issued a policy to do the same. EIE launched The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge asking the Presidential Nominees to uphold the rule of law by aggressively enforce existing federal laws to prevent the sexual exploitation of children online, including the obscenity, child pornography, sexual predation & sex trafficking laws. Donald Trump signed the Pledge and Hillary Clinton sent a letter of support for the Pledge’s goals.

Studies have shown:

  • Internet safety is the 4th top ranked issue on the list of health concerns for U.S. children and sexting is ranked 6th. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (2015)
  • 83% of b15oys and 57% of girls have seen group sex online; 32% of boys and 18% of girls have viewed bestiality online.
  • In a random sample study over 14% admitted to cyberbullying another person, with spreading rumors online, via text, or email being the most common form of bullying. (Cyberbullying Research Center, 2015).
  • 60% of teens who admit to being bullied online have told an adult (compared to 40% last year). Cox. (2014) “Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey.” The Futures Company.
  • One in two parents do not use any blocking or filtering software on their children’s Internet enabled devices.(FamilyPC Survey, August, 2001)
  • 1 in 5 teens have used a private browsing feature so their parents can’t see the sites they’ve visited. Cox. (2014) “Cox 2014 Internet Safety Survey.” The Futures Company.

 

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.orgwww.internetsafety101.org

National Cybersecurity Alliance builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity.

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

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My Statement on the Debate Tonight and OpeED in The Hill Today

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Dear Friends,
Are you as excited as I am about the Presidential Debate tonight? I have been sharing with you the great news about how both candidates have committed to support the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge and I am happy to share with you that today The Hill published my opinion piece, “Trump and Clinton Voice BiPartisan Support to Protect Children Online.”  I think the timing is perfect! You can read the whole piece HERE. Please share and add your own comments in the com-box underneath my piece!
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Below I have included my Media Statement regarding tonight’s debate. I look forward to discussing it in the days ahead.
Tonight, I’d like to invite you to join me in real time on Twitter as we watch the debate together! Make sure to follow me @DonnaRiceHughes and use the hashtags #debate #debatenight  #PresidentialPledge and #PresPledge16 !
Here is my Press Statement:
 
For Immediate Release
September 26, 2016
 
Protecting Children from Online
Sexual Exploitation
“Key Campaign Issue”
Donna Rice Hughes Available to Discuss Debate
WASHINGTON, DC — In the first of several Presidential debates, Internet Safety Advocate Donna Rice Hughes, President of Enough is Enough, urges the Presidential candidates to remember their commitment to protect children from online sexual exploitation. Both Presidential candidates have expressed their support for The Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. “For the first time in history, making America safe also includes making the Internet safer for children and families.  It is critical that America’s next Commander in Chief take the lead in fighting the war to keep our children safe online from predators, pornographers and traffickers, who are knowingly breaking the law. By taking a stand during the debate, the candidates will show true leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law as demonstrated by supporting the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge” says Hughes. “It is also my personal hope and prayer that each nominee as well as the moderator will stay on the high road during tonight’s debate. The high road always wins!” concluded Mrs. Hughes.
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.http://www.enough.org.EIE does not endorse or oppose any candidate. Please follow us on Facebook @EnoughIsEnough, Twitter @EIETweets
I look forward to watching the debate tonight!
Sincerely,
Donna Rice Hughes

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!