WRAP Week: White Ribbons Against Pornography

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October 28-November 6, 2011, marks the 24th annual WRAP Week campaign (White Ribbon Against Pornography) and Concerned Women for America (CWA) once again joins the national effort to raise awareness against the scourge that is pornography.

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow at CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, said, “Few parents are aware that the average age of a child’s exposure to pornography is now nine years old. Also, few parents realize that pornography is now much more than simple cleavage or sexy photos; pornography is now mostly graphic and degrading and often crude and cruel. Psychologists tell us that images are permanently imprinted on the mind and that it can become addictive. We know that more and more men are substituting pornography for real relationships and that, increasingly, pornography is setting the pattern for what young men expect from their dates. CWA is doing everything we can to educate the public and to clean up the Internet and entertainment worlds to make them safe places for our children.”

Penny Nance, Chief Executive Officer and President of Concerned Women for America, said, “The idea that pornography is victimless is an insidious lie from the industry. Addicted men and their families are devastated, and the women in the industry are victimized and exploited.”

The WRAP Week campaign began with one woman, Norma Norris, in 1987. She heard a sermon which “lamented that local prosecutors and law enforcement had been deluded into thinking that people didn’t care about the hardcore porn being sold in her community.” Norma didn’t accept that premise and took action to show her community that pornography is a big problem and should not be ignored.

Morality in Media became the national sponsor soon after the campaign began and uses WRAP Week to “educate the public about the extent of the pornography problem and what can constitutionally be done about it.”

What many people do not know is that the United States Supreme Court declared in Miller v. California 413 U.S. 23 (1973) that obscenity is not protected speech. The ruling read, in part, “This much has been categorically settled by the Court, that obscene material is unprotected by the First Amendment.”

To read more about Supreme Court rulings concerning obscenity, please see Concerned Women for America’s brochure, “Obscenity is NOT Protected Speech,” as well as the “Facts About Pornography” and “Pornography and Sex Trafficking: The Link” brochures.

Other ways to raise awareness about the pervasive and damaging effects of pornography on our culture, families, and communities are:

Wear a White Ribbon. You may make your own ribbons or order enamel pins and car magnets at www.wrapfamily.com. When people ask why you are wearing it, you can hand them a CWA Fact Card about WRAP Week and/or CWA’s brochures. Make complaints to your United States Attorney and State prosecutor about Internet pornography or other forms of hardcore pornography at www.ObscenityCrimes.org. Ask your pastor or religious leader to give a sermon on the dangers of pornography to individuals, families, and communities.

Support decency. Wear a white ribbon during WRAP Week.