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June 10, 2010
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A briefing for members of Congress and their staffs featuring EIE President Donna Rice Hughes, leading researchers and an ex-porn star's personal experience with pornography

Washington, DC (June 10, 2010) - Enough Is Enough President Donna Rice Hughes will join The Coalition for the War on Illegal Pornography for a major briefing at the United States Capitol Visitors Center ~ HVC-201 at 11 a.m., June 15, entitled "Pornography Harms: What Congress can do to Enforce Existing Laws." The event is open to every member of the U.S. House and Senate, their staffs, the press and the public.

Experts from a variety of backgrounds will speak on four leading harms of pornography, how existing laws can and should be enforced against illegal material and what Congress can do to protect and prosecute.

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. 
  • Donna Rice Hughes, a leading voice on Internet safety for children in America and Enough Is Enough President, who will explain what illegal pornography is and how pornographers use deceptive marketing tactics to trap children in their addictive web. She will also share testimonial footage from the kids themselves, from EIE's Internet Safety 101 Program (www.internetsafety101.org).
  • Patrick A.  Trueman, former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the US Department of Justice, who will discuss 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 the dangers section on our site, www.internetsafety101.org and www.SocialCostsofPornography.org.

 About The DC Group on Pornography

The Coalition for War on Illegal Pornography is an effort associated with 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.

About Enough Is Enough

Donna Rice Hughes is President of Enough Is Enough (EIE), a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which emerged in 1994 as the national leader on the front lines to make the Internet safer for children and families. Since then, EIE has continued to pioneer efforts to confront online pornography, child pornography, sexual predation, cyberbullying and sexting with innovative programs, the most recent of which is Internet Safety 101.

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