The National Center on Sexual Exploitation

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Taking down the multi-billion-dollar sexual exploitation industry is no easy feat. NCOSE has built the infrastructure that is equipped to stand toe-to-toe against the world's pornographers, pimps/sex traffickers, sex buyers, and exploitation profiteers. With an expansive grassroots network, Research Institute, embedded litigation law firm, training team, and global coalition-paired with our cutting-edge public policy and corporate advocacy tactics-NCOSE is realizing major progress every day. Victories that used to take years are now happening within weeks!

Contact information

Mailing address:
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation
1201 F St NW
Ste 200
Washington, DC 20004


Phone: 202-393-7245

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 132608326

CEO/President: Dawn Hawkins / Patrick A. Trueman

Chairman: Ron DeHaas

Board size: 20

Founder: Morton Hill and Others

Ruling year: 1963

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) exists because people should be free to live and love without sexual abuse and exploitation.

We believe in a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation. We believe every human being deserves the opportunity to live life to its fullest potential; to pursue dreams and ambitions; express creativity and hone talents; seek beauty, truth, and faith; experience hope, joy, and love with family and friends-to thrive. Such a vision requires not only individuals and institutions that work towards its realization but also a culture that embraces its responsibility to preserve and protect human flourishing. We aspire to create that culture.

Mission statement

Defending Human Dignity. Opposing Sexual Exploitation.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1000 of 109140 of 43
Fund acquisition rating1056 of 109442 of 43
Resource allocation rating1041 of 109442 of 43
Asset utilization rating511 of 109120 of 43

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,147,531$1,008,440$41,584$33,065$9,357
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,289,253$4,163,375$3,509,230$858,245$168,537
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$826,968$847,349$31,197$30,215$26,055
Other long-term assets$61,928$57,870$13,562$13,562$13,562
Total long-term assets$888,896$905,219$44,759$43,777$39,617
Total assets$3,178,149$5,068,594$3,553,989$902,022$208,154
Payables and accrued expenses$10,378$62,636$31,652$118,159$38,781
Other current liabilities$919,888$951,836$204,392$55,000$110,000
Total current liabilities$930,266$1,014,472$236,044$173,159$148,781
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$1,053$4,533$7,333
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$1,053$4,533$7,333
Total liabilities$930,266$1,014,472$237,097$177,692$156,114
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$1,322,883$3,129,122$3,316,892$724,330$52,040
With donor restrictions$925,000$925,000$0$0$0
Net assets$2,247,883$4,054,122$3,316,892$724,330$52,040
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,368,438$4,897,921$5,299,636$2,508,102$1,415,991
Program service revenue$14,181$125,283$26,952$10,441$25,437
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$673$62,655($6,927)$9,435$406
Other revenue$0$0$2,738$0$0
Total other revenue$14,854$187,938$22,763$19,876$25,843
Total revenue$3,383,292$5,085,859$5,322,399$2,527,978$1,441,834
Program services$3,592,256$3,397,570$2,393,123$1,603,904$1,061,697
Management and general$651,923$552,432$226,729$154,719$216,819
Total expenses$5,191,112$4,611,931$2,747,004$1,855,688$1,444,155
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Surplus (deficit)($1,807,820)$473,928$2,575,395$672,290($2,321)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,807,820)$473,928$2,575,395$672,290($2,321)


Benjamin Bull EsqSenior VP & Director, Law Center$247,550
Patrick TruemanPresident$204,582
Mark L CrozetVP & Director of Development$198,000
Peter GentalaLead Counsel$196,572
Dawn HawkinsCEO$194,429
Eleanor GaetanVP & Dir Policy$144,609
Michael ShivelyResearch$142,200
Christen PriceCounsel$108,886
Daniell PinterCounsel$107,026

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/18/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In the fall of 1962, an unidentified individual placed pornographic material outside a school, thus exposing two Yorkville (Manhattan, NY) area grammar school children to the explicit content. The principal of the school reported the incident to her pastor who then informed other ministers and rabbis in the area.

This seemingly small incident is what sparked a community campaign against the distribution of obscene material then known as Operation Yorkville. Powered only by volunteers and with limited funds, that fledgling campaign grew and grew; the organization gained national prominence and changed its name to Morality in Media (MIM). The leaders of this movement found themselves coordinating letter writing campaigns, discussing sexual exploitation on national television and radio, holding community forums and meeting with mayors and town councils, analyzing laws and suggesting legal reforms, walking the halls of the U.S. Congress, serving on presidential commissions, and even sitting in the Cabinet Room with the U.S. President.

An example of an early awareness campaign was distribution of stickers for display on every first-floor window, as well as vestibule doors, doctor's offices, elevators, stores, and cars. With messages like "S A V E Y O U R C H I L D R E N" and a local phone number. One enthusiastic activist sent letters to taxi cab companies urging them to display the stickers. Twenty-two taxi companies agreed!

Using every "social media" tactic of the era, Morality in Media became the beacon of hope and light for those concerned about the insidious trend toward normalization of sexual exploitation in American culture. It worked relentlessly to educate the public about the harms of pornography and bring about the robust enforcement of federal obscenity laws. By the late 1980s and early 1990s, the producers and distributors of pornography across the country found themselves under federal prosecution. Major national figures of the industry such as Reuben Sturman and Harry Mohney were convicted and sentenced to prison. The "glory days" of the sexual exploitation industry seemed numbered.

The Rise of the Internet

The fact that Morality in Media (MIM) had many successes and slowed the upward trajectory of sexual exploitation in America is indisputable. This feisty little organization successfully fought the titans of sexual exploitation, and kept the fires of human dignity burning brightly. But what MIM's leaders, and most others, could not foresee was the rise of the Internet. Quite simply, the Internet changed everything.

The fact that new technological advances have steadily been making pornography more accessible to more people is not new. For instance, due to his growing alarm at the emergence of pornography on cable television, in 1981 MIM President Father Morton Hill embarked on a 39-city "Town Meeting Tour" to alert the public to the emerging "cableporn" problem. He also used the trip to gather information about the impact of pornography on citizens and communities across the country. The information was used to create the "Voice of Decency" report, which MIM presented to lawmakers. The media covered the story. Father Hill was widely quoted as saying, "Pornography is no longer just downtown, it's downstairs."

If he were alive today, perhaps Father Hill would say, "Pornography is no longer just downtown or downstairs, it's everywhere." Indeed, porn-free spaces are increasingly hard to find. From television, public libraries, public and private schools, home computers, and handheld devices, the Internet and streaming capabilities have cast the shadow of pornography far and wide.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation Today

Today, while the National Center on Sexual Exploitation carries on in some of the traditions of those who pioneered before us, our makeup, mission, and vision are decidedly larger and more inclusive. Nearly 60 years of history and experience has given us a unique, panoramic perspective that has enabled us to see that sexual exploitation is not one issue-it is many issues-and that the work to end sexual exploitation is not and cannot be limited by partisanship or sectarianism of any kind.

This perspective is the fundamental building block for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation being a nonpartisan and nonsectarian organization.

We know that child sexual abuse often predates an individual's entry into prostitution, and that sexting makes many adolescents vulnerable to revenge porn or sexual extortion. We recognize that strip clubs provide the perfect learning environment for sexually toxic attitudes and behaviors and are common venues for sexual assault and sex trafficking. We see that pornography is linked to sexual violence and is used to groom children for sexual abuse. We know that demand for commercial sex fuels prostitution and, therefore, sex trafficking as well. The connections go on and on.

Our decades' long battle against pornography, has also shown us that like the tobacco industry, the pornography industry has created a public health crisis. However, despite tobacco's former widespread use and acceptance in American culture, once its harms became apparent, society took action and adopted dramatic new policies to limit the harmful effects of smoking. Similarly we believe that people need to be protected from pornography exposure and made aware of the risks associated with its use.

For these reasons, NCOSE has worked hard to become the leading national organization shining a light on the links between all forms of sexual exploitation and on the public health crisis of pornography. Our work falls under three broad headings: 1) policy activism to combat corporate and governmental policies that foster sexual exploitation, 2) public education and engagement, and 3) spurring united action by leading the international Coalition of End Sexual Exploitation.

NCOSE's tactics include grassroots mobilization, thoughtfully designed social media campaigns which give a voice to the concerns of individuals and allied organizations, an aggressive communications strategy, hosting symposia, legislative briefings, and press conferences that give a national stage to our issues, and the development of data rich resources that add heft to our intellectual arguments.

With this potent formula, NCOSE has succeeded in pushing back against the sinister forces of sexual exploitation that have shrouded our country in darkness. NCOSE's successes are a beacon of hope to all those who felt voiceless and powerless to confront the destructive impacts of sexual exploitation on their lives.

As you can see, NCOSE is the vanguard of a movement seeking to keep the flame of human dignity burning brightly, and to ignite the light in our culture that will restore the embrace of its responsibility to be the beacon for human flourishing and freedom around the world-especially the freedom from sexual exploitation.

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Program accomplishments

What are these victories that have sparked the hopes of so many? While everyone has their own personal favorite, some of our significant achievements include:

The hotel industry's removal of on-demand pornography from the television offerings in guest rooms;

Major changes to Google ads, GooglePlay, and YouTube;

Resolutions declaring pornography a public health crisis passed in four states (with more to come);

Disney's removal of a sex trafficking scene in its Pirates of the Caribbean rides;

Stopping a bill in New Hampshire that would have fully decriminalized prostitution;

Ending the sale of pornography at U.S. Army and Air Force exchanges;

Walmart's removal of eroticized child nudity books from its online store;

Marsh supermarkets removal of Cosmopolitan from checkout lanes in its more than 80 stores;

Stopping mainstream hotels from hosting a sex industry expos;

Working with major airlines to improve their policies prohibiting the viewing of pornography on planes.