April 9, 2019

A Most Shocking Response from Notre Dame President over Students' Demands to Filter University Wifi



Sign Our Petition


Enough Is Enough® (EIE) reached out to University of Notre Dame officialsback in February in support of its male students requesting that university WiFi be filtered from pornography.

Notre Dame president John Jenkins corresponded back to EIE with a surprising three-sentence reply:

March 7, 2019

Dear Ms. Hughes, 

Thank you for your letter of February 4. Although we do not believe a mandatory filter is the best solution for us, we are taking steps to encourage students and others to adopt filters voluntarily. Thank you for your thoughts on this matter. 

Respectfully, Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C.

Notre Dame's seemingly dismissive response to EIE's letter -- and the more than 10,500 petitions EIE activists previously generated and sent to both him and the University's Board of Fellows -- is concerning on many levels:

  1. Students’ demand for their own safety is being ignored. Sexual violence on campus is pervasive - 11.2% of all students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation among all graduate and undergraduate students. Viewing pornography plays a huge role in normalizing sexual assault. 
  2. A “voluntarily opt-in” suggestion is essentially useless. Prosecutable pornography and illegal child pornography will still be readily accessible to the majority of students and faculty. 
  3. Ignoring calls for a filtered WiFi from porn and child porn provides access to horrific images of children under 18 being sexually exploited, allowing for further victimization. These images are viewed and shared on the internet repeatedly.
  4. Rev. Jenkins is ignoring Pope Francis’ Declaration of Rome in 2017 and the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital World's Strategic Plan which provides recommendations to prevent the sexual exploitation of children: "(Goal 11): 'To leaders of world governments, legislative bodies, private industry and religious institutions to advocate for and implement techniques to deny access by children and youth to internet content suitable only for adults: (Objective 3): To those who “offer free WiFi to urge them to voluntarily filter inappropriate internet material…"

Tell Rev. Jenkins to Filter University WiFi from Porn and Illegal Child Porn

--Click Here to Sign Our Petition Now--

There is no good reason while the University of Notre Dame - albeit a Catholic university-- would think it is acceptable to ignore calls from the men of Notre Dame, Enough Is Enough®, and even Pope Francis, to stand up for the dignity of all people, including women and children.

Notre Dame students calling for the WiFi filter won’t settle for a meaningless “opt-in” solution, and neither will Enough Is Enough®! Please, sign our petition and let Rev. Jenkins know that we aren't backing down until our voices are heard and the safety of Notre Dame students is put first.

Thank you for standing with us, 

Donna's Signature

Donna Rice Hughes
President and CEO,
Enough Is Enough®

P.S. See our Press Release HERE