Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), is the leading national organization dedicated to addressing the public health crisis of pornography and to highlighting the links between pornography, sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization works to change sexually exploitive policies, to educate and empower the public, and to lead the larger movement for freedom from sexual exploitation, objectification, and violence.
NCOSE works to improve public and corporate policies that facilitate sexual harm through the annual Dirty Dozen List, which targets twelve mainstream contributors to sexual exploitation. The Dirty Dozen List campaign has led to policy changes at Google, Wal-Mart, Hilton Worldwide, Verizon, the Department of Defense, The Federal Communications Commission, and more.
NCOSE directs the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation (CESE), which is composed of approximately 300 international, national, state and local leaders from a variety of perspectives and disciplines. Every year NCOSE holds a CESE Summit where the top activists and experts meet together
to share research and to strategize a public health approach to solve and end the multi-faceted social issue of exploitation.
In 2015, NCOSE established a Law Center to solidify its historic role leading legal efforts to curb exploitation; specifically on matters of obscenity law, trafficking and prostitution, and sexually oriented businesses.
NCOSE leads national awareness campaigns, provides a directory of resources for those struggling with pornography, and also maintains research website that compiles peer-reviewed data on the neurological, psychological, and sociological harms of pornography.