Story by. Kelly Bell/ETR

“The National White Ribbon Against Pornography Week” (WRAP) is assembling a united front of businesses and concerned citizens determined to illuminate society on the damage inflicted by pornography, and how those affected can seek assistance. The negative impact smut has on children, women and men worldwide has been termed the “largest unregulated social experiment in human history.” It is a threat to public welfare that must be addressed.
Although this scourge is a menace to every person, those worst impacted are innocent children. Pornography (especially that on the internet) is infecting the mental, emotional and sexual well-being of adolescents, and inciting deviant conduct. Research confirms that becoming addicted to pornography impels men and teen males to commit acts of violence against women, exacerbates sex trafficking and leads to divorce.
During the past two decades, internet pornography had evolved into a veritable industry raking in about $3000 per second. FAMILY SAFE MEDIA reports the U.S. is the world’s main producer of both pornographic DVDs and web material.
The mid-1990s saw a massive expansion of the internet in which federal obscenity control statutes were largely ignored.  This free ride given to pornography producers has forced parents, schools, libraries and other such end users to attempt to monitor children on the internet–no easy task for those with so many other responsibilities.
In a 2000 report to Congress, the Child Online Protection Commission recommended that in order to significantly “deter illegal activity on the internet” the government needed to “fund aggressive programs to investigate, prosecute and report violations of federal and state obsenity laws.” This has yet to be done.
WRAP urges President Obama to back an attorney general who will actively pursue implementation of the Commission’s long-ago recommendation. It is time for the nation’s top law-enforcement officer to not cherry-pick which laws will be enforced while others are ignored. Every child has a right to a safe, wholesome childhood untainted by graphic filth. This will bring on positive futures fashioned by minds that started out as innocent, tender and trusting, and were protected from the unsavory, ominous influences of violent, sexually graphic media.
This is a global public health issue to be addressed holistically as parents, corporate America and, especially, the government join forces to protect the younger generations, and not just during White Ribbon Against Pornography Week. This campaign must be resolute, aggressive and constant.
Donna Rice Hughes
Donna Rice Hughes serves as president and CEO of Enough is Enough (EIE.) She is an active advocate of internet safety, an author and public speaker. She is sought out as an interviewee by national media outlets such as NBC, The Today Show, CNN and Fox News. She works as a Child Online Protection Commissioner, on the U.S. Attorney General’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force, and won the 2013 Women in Technology Leadership Award for “Social Impact.” She serves as executive producer and host of of EIE’s Emmy and Telly award-winning Internet Safety 101 multi-media program. The development of this adult curriculum was a joint effort between Hughes and the Justice Department to stop internet-initiated crimes against children. The method used is educating, equipping and thus empowering parents, educators and caring adults with information and resources to be used for protecting children from the effects of online pornography, child pornography, sexual predators and cyber bullies. This also avoids cyber security risks and the dangers stemming from social networking, online gaming and mobile devices.
About WRAP Week
The WRAP crusade started out in 1987 with a woman in Butler, Pennsylvania named Norma Norris. After listening to an anti-pornography sermon by her Catholic parish’s pastor, Monsignor Francis Glenn, she took to heart his disillusionment with local law enforcement and prosecutors for assuming the local populace did not mind that the law was not enforcing anti-pornography statutes. After checking out the full pews in her house of worship’s sanctuary she could not bring herself to agree.
“That can’t be,” she thought to herself. “We’re here and we care!”
She set her mind to inspiring her community to rise up against the graphic filth infiltrating it. She would lead the way as the message of “We care! We count!” made itself heard. She came up with the inexpensive, easy-to-understand white ribbon symbolizing purity. This would easily capture the imagination and enthusiasm of likeminded locals. WRAP was born. For more information on this wholesome initiative please visit http://ncse.fiatinsight.com/wp-content/uploads/MIM_WRAPBeginning.pdf.
Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough lobbies as a national non-profit organization pursuing its mission of making the internet safe and clean for children and families. EIE started its quest in 1994, and has since become a national leader in the crusade versus internet pornography, child pornography and sexual predation by using a three-pronged approach. Firstly, it seeks to educate the public on internet dangers while providing safety solutions. The second aspect is partnering with the technology industry in creating and implementing pratical, family-friendly technological safety solutions and best practices. Lastly, the promotion of legal solutions that result in aggressive enforcement of already-existing laws and the enacting of new laws to preclude the online exploitation and victimization of children.
EIE remains dedicated to promoting public awareness and solutions which result in equality, fairness and respect for basic human dignity. Cooperation between the public, the technology industry and the legal community will be required to accomplish this objective. There is no denying that EIE defends freedom of speech as the U.S. Constitution defines it, and supports a society whose citizens all enjoy value and respect. A culture whose youngest citizens can enjoy a protracted childhood with the innocence needed for them to mature into decent, productive adults. This society would embrace healthy sexuality untainted by sexual exploitation. For more information on EIE please visit www.enough.org or www.internetsafety101.org, or www.friendlyfreewifi.org.