June 15, 2010

Pornography Harms: A Capitol Hill Briefing


Pornography use is widespread with significant consequences to children, women and men.  Join Enough Is Enough® President Donna Rice Hughes and other recognized experts as they outline: (1) The four leading harms of pornography; (2) How existing laws can and should be enforced against illegal material; and (3) What Congress can to to protect and prosecute.

Event: Pornography Harms: A Capitol Hill Briefing — What Congress Can Do to Enforce Existing Laws
When: June 15, 11am-12:45pm
Where: Capitol Visitors Center, HVC - 201


The lineup includes:

  • Dr. Mary Anne Layden of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania who will address the addiction to pornography;
  • Forensic pediatrician Sharon Cooper, M.D. of the University of North Carolina who will address the harmful effects of adult pornography on children who view it;
  • Internationally acclaimed speaker and author Gail Dines, Ph.D., Professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston who will discuss her studies on how pornography debases men, women and the culture. 
  • Attorney Laura Lederer, perhaps the leading voice in America on human trafficking, who will discuss the link between pornography and sex trafficking. 
  •  Former pornography star Shelley Lubben (www.shelleylubben.com and www.thepinkcross.orgwho will address how the pornography criminal enterprises treat women in the industry.
  • Donna Rice Hughes, Enough Is Enough® President and the leading voice on internet safety for children in America, who will address the urgent need to protect children now from the harm of Internet pornography. 
  • Pat Trueman, former chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the US Department of Justice,  who will close out the event discussing the fact that NONE of the Federal laws against illegal adult pornography are currently enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice and what Congress can do to enforce these very laws. 
A growing body of research suggests that the habitual use of pornography — especially Internet pornography — can damage people of all ages and both sexes, negatively impacting their relationships, productivity, happiness and their ability to function in society.  Event information may be found at http://bit.ly/cL551APornHarms. For additional research and resource information on pornography visit www.PornHarms.com and www.SocialCostsofPornography.org.

About The DC Group on Pornography

The Coalition for War on Illegal Pornography is an effort by The DC Group on Pornography, a group  of national organizations which meet quarterly in Washington, DC for the purpose of education, strategic planning and action. The group has met with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on several occasions asking that Federal Laws prohibiting interstate transportation of adult obscene pornography be enforced. For more event information, contact Lesley Bateman at Lesley@design4.org or 813.849-0076.