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UK Fertility Rate Falls to Half of Post-War Levels. The UK is facing a “baby shortage” with fertility rates dropping to nearly half those seen in the post-World War II boom. Read more here.
Angry Texas Parent Confronts School Board Over Sexually Explicit Passage Found in Middle School Library Book. A Texas mom harshly criticized the local school district about a book in the district’s middle school libraries that described graphic sex, snapping, “I do not want my children to learn about anal sex in middle school.” Read more here.
Poll: One-Third of UK Adults Say Pornography Is Acceptable Part of Modern Society. A new survey found that one-third of adults in the United Kingdom say pornography is now an acceptable part of modern society. Read more here.
Report: UK Children Going to Hospital for Mental Health Problems Jumps 50 Percent. The number of children who went to Accident and Emergency in England suffering from severe mental health problems increased by more than 50 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.
Over 40K Back Campaign Urging Porn Sites to Require ID for Accessing Explicit Content. A U.S. nonprofit organization has launched a new campaign backed by over 40,000 supporters urging government leaders to require pornography platforms to install more effective age-verification methods. Read more here.
Parent Group Demands Child Pornography Investigation After Reviewing Netflix Show. The Parents Television and Media Council is demanding Netflix be investigated over a show which features 12- and 13-year-old characters engaging in sexual acts and includes animated nudity and graphic dialogue. Read more here.
Report: Facebook Knows Instagram Harms Teen Girls but Keeps Pushing App. Facebook executives are reportedly aware that subsidiary photo-sharing app Instagram is harmful to teenage girls, but they continue to push the platform on that demographic. Read more here.
Facebook Draws Lawmaker Scrutiny Over Instagram’s Impact on Teens. A group of U.S. lawmakers doubled down on calls for Facebook to abandon plans to launch an Instagram for kids following a bombshell report detailing the company’s internal research on the effects Instagram has on teens’ mental health. Read more here.
Investigation Finds TikTok Promotes Sex, Drugs, and Alcohol to Kids. Video-sharing platform TikTok promotes sexual content to underage users through its suggestion algorithm, according to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal. Read more here.
Study: More Women With College Degrees Having Babies Out of Wedlock. A new study from Johns Hopkins University shows women with college degrees are now six times more likely to give birth to their first child out of wedlock than their counterparts just 25 years ago. Read more here.
Google Chromebook Dropped From NCOSE’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ List. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation announced that Google Chromebook was being removed from its 2021 Dirty Dozen List after Google implemented new safety standards for their product. Read more here.
UN Agency for Children to Promote Sexual Autonomy. UNICEF, the UN agency for children, is revamping its strategic framework to promote sexual autonomy for children. Read more here.
Over 100 Arrested in U.S. Multi-State Human Trafficking Investigation. A major human trafficking law enforcement operation has resulted in the rescue of 47 people who were trafficked and the arrest of 102 individuals across 12 states. Read more here.
UK Children’s Commissioner Calls for Tougher Checks to Protect Children From Online Pornography. Dame Rachel de Souza, UK Children’s Commissioner, says more must be done by the government and internet platforms to prevent children from accessing pornographic material. Read more here.
New Chief Chaplain at Harvard an Atheist. Harvard University has selected a man who does not believe in God to be the school’s chief chaplain. Read more here.
OnlyFans Reverses Promised Porn Ban After Social Media Outrage. Subscription service OnlyFans announced that it has reneged on plans to ban pornography on its platform just six days after the company first publicized the intended policy change. Read more here.
Porn Site OnlyFans to Ban ‘Sexually Explicit’ Content, Nudity Still Allowed. Subscription service OnlyFans, overwhelmingly filled with pornography, will reportedly ban “sexually explicit” images and videos on the site starting in October, yet has left many confused as it later clarified that nude content will still be allowed. Read more here.
Judge Rules Sex Trafficking Victims Can Sue Twitter for Not Removing Child Porn Videos. A federal judge in California has allowed a lawsuit against Twitter filed on behalf of two victims of child sexual abuse to move forward, having partly denied a motion by the social media platform to dismiss the complaint. Read more here.
Chinese Three-Child Policy Formally Passed Into Law. China has formally revised its laws to allow couples to have up to three children with hopes of boosting the birth rate. Read more here.
Survey: Only 9 Percent of Gen Z Youth in U.S. Are ‘Bible-Centered.’ Fewer than 10% of Generation Z youth say they’re committed to reading the Bible regularly, according to a survey that was part of a newly released report by the American Bible Society. Read more here.
Report: Leftist Billionaires Pay UN Experts to Promote Their Political Agendas. A report from the European Center for Law and Justice details how private money is pouring into the UN human rights system without any transparency, compromising the independence and impartiality of UN experts. Read more here.
Over 100 Members of U.S. Congress Urge DOJ to Investigate OnlyFans Over Child Abuse Content. More than 100 members of Congress have urged the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate accusations that OnlyFans is “a major marketplace for buying and selling Child Sexual Abuse Material in the United States, as well as soliciting sexual activity with minors.” Read more here.
Google Play Will Remove ‘Sugar Dating’ Apps Which Foster Prostitution and Sex Trafficking. Google Play will no longer carry “sugar dating” apps widely known for promoting compensated sexual acts that have led to many cases of sex trafficking and sexual assault among young women and underage girls. Read more here.
Parents Ask TikTok for Access to Videos Their Kids Are Watching. After multiple instances of kids being harmed or killed by participating in TikTok challenges, more than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking TikTok CEO Vanessa Pappas to introduce parent “mirror” accounts. Read more here.
Police in China Detain Head of Company That Was Buying and Selling Babies. Police in Weifang, China have detained the head of a company that appears to be a front group for buying and selling babies. Read more here.
Study: Dads Have Distinct, Special Role in Helping Kids Grow Into Mature Adults. A study by researchers at Penn State University found that closeness with fathers positively affects the self-esteem, weight management, and prevalence of depressive symptoms in both girls and boys. Read more here.
BBC Asks Viewers If There Should Be ‘Age-Appropriate Porn’ for Children. BBC Woman’s Hour asked social media followers to submit opinions about whether there should be “age-appropriate porn” for teens. Read more here.
CA YMCA Hosts Pornographer to Teach Art to Kids. The Burbank, California YMCA’s Social Impact Center hosted an all-ages event where Blake Rodriguez, whose work features pornographic depictions of characters from popular children’s shows, delivered a “painting workshop.” Read more here.
Converse Under Fire for Releasing Shoes Featuring a Satanic Symbol. American shoemaker Converse is receiving backlash after releasing a new line of sneakers featuring a satanic pentagram symbol. Read more here.
Fashion Journalist Blasted After Saying Someone Needs to Create Porn for Children. A British fashion journalist faced a storm of outrage after suggesting that children should be watching “entry-level” pornography. Read more here.
Detective Finds Evidence of Sex Trafficking on OnlyFans. A detective at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation’s online summit detailed how the popular platform OnlyFans, frequently used for pornographic purposes, fosters abuse and sex trafficking. Read more here.
Florida Operation Yields 363 Human Trafficking Arrests. The Florida Sheriffs Association Task Force released results of Operation Breaking Chains in which 29 victims were recovered, 31 traffickers identified, and 363 arrests were made. Read more here.
China to Give ‘Material Support’ to Couples Who Have More Babies. As China relaxes its child-bearing policies amid a declining birth rate, the country plans to promote tax deductions for child expenses in the country for those under three, according to an official document outlining the policy initiative. Read more here.
FBI Warns of Online Gaming Dangers for Kids. Federal authorities are warning parents about sexual predators who target children through online gaming platforms. Read more here.
Police Arrest 40 During Child Sex Crimes Sting in Arizona. Arizona officials said 40 suspects have been arrested in connection with an operation targeting child sex crimes in the Valley area. Read more here.
UN Experts Warn of COVID-19 Fertility Cliff. UN demographic experts fear the downward fertility spiral made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic may be irreversible. Read more here.
Parents Sue D.C. for Allowing Minors to Be Vaccinated Without Parental Consent. Children’s Health Defense and the Parental Rights Foundation filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to declare that the D.C. Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2020 is unconstitutional. Read more here.
Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ Plan Adds Four Years to Public Education. President Joe Biden proposed extending public education to send children as young as three years old out of their homes as part of his “Build Back Better” agenda. Read more here.
Turkmenistan Maternity Wards Secretly Offer Abandoned Babies for Illegal Adoption. Some maternity wards in Turkmenistan are secretly offering abandoned babies for illegal adoption to prospective parents willing to pay a bribe to skip the normal bureaucracy and long wait that goes with the process. Read more here.
Pornhub ‘Sister Site’ to Close. Popular pornography website XTube — notably dubbed the “sister site” to porn behemoth Pornhub — announced the site’s forthcoming closure by September 5. Read more here.
New FL Law Improves Protections for Sex Trafficking Victims. Florida passed a new bill aimed at bolstering efforts to protect human trafficking victims and foster better communication between advocates and victims. Read more here.
U.S. ERA Proponents Vow to Continue Legal Fight. Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment plan to continue their legal battle after an appeals court affirmed a lower court ruling that rejected their lawsuit on behalf of the proposed amendment for lack of standing. Read more here.
Parents Urge Chilean President to Veto Bill That Would Undermine Parental Authority. Pro-family organizations in Chile are urging President Sebastián Piñera to veto a bill which eliminates “practically all references to the preferential right and duty of parents to educate their children.” Read more here.
New MD Law Allows Mental Health Treatment for 12-Year-Olds Without Parental Knowledge. A Maryland lawmaker is warning parents of a new law that allows children as young as 12 to get mental health treatment without their parental knowledge or consent. Read more here.
European Parliamentary Group Labels Over 50 Orgs as ‘Anti-Gender Actors.’ The European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights released a report identifying over 50 organizations as “anti-gender actors” who are funding pro-life and pro-family work around the globe. Read more here.
Boy Scouts of America Reaches $850M Settlement With Sex Abuse Victims. The Boy Scouts of America has reached an $850 million settlement with groups representing nearly 60,000 men with sexual abuse claims against the organization. Read more here.
Google Implements Changes to Chromebooks Amid Complaints of Kids Accessing Pornography. Google has announced additional safety measures for its Chromebook product after being put on the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s “Dirty Dozen List” because of the lack of safeguards to protect children from exposure to graphic content. Read more here.
New Filtering App Uses Groundbreaking Technology to Block Porn, Sexting. Texas-based tech company Canopy has launched an app that uses groundbreaking technology to block pornography and explicit content on the internet. Read more here.
WaPo Op-Ed: Showing ‘Sex Kink’ to Children Encourages ‘Self-Expression.’ An op-ed published in The Washington Post argued that parents should show their children “kink” to lift stigma surrounding sex and encourage freedom and “self-expression.” Read more here.
U.S. Court Rules Facebook Could Be Held Liable for Sex Trafficking. The highest court in Texas has ruled that Facebook can be held liable for sex trafficking that is conducted on its social network. Read more here.
Biden’s BLM Nominee Defined Children as ‘Environmental Hazard.’ Tracy Stone-Manning, Biden’s nominee to be director of the Bureau of Land Management, described American children as an “environmental hazard” while advocating for slowing U.S. population growth in 1992. Read more here.
U.S. Youth Suicide, Self-Harm, and Mental Health ER Visits Skyrocket. FAIR Health found that, between August 2019 and 2020 in the Northeast, the number of pediatric intentional self-harm claims surged approximately 334 percent. Read more here.
UK Children Watching Improper Content on Streaming Services. European age ratings on streaming platforms are exposing children to unsuitable content, the British Board of Film Classification has found. Read more here.
U.S. Teacher Allegedly Involved With Sexual Touching of Students Charged With Sex Crimes. A former high school teacher in Elkhart, Indiana who allegedly groped students and asked them to touch themselves during class was charged with more than a dozen sex crimes this week. Read more here.
UK Public Overwhelmingly Supports Age Verification for Online Pornography. In a poll of more than 2,000 UK adults, over eighty percent of respondents were in favor of Westminster legislating on access to pornography sites according to age. Read more here.
Adjunct Professor in Canada Suggests ‘Sex Work’ on the Side is Beneficial to Young People. A University of Ottawa adjunct professor said on Twitter that doing “sex work on the side” is the “best thing” young people can do early in their careers because “early career prospects will be unstable.” Read more here.
Bombshell Lawsuit Against Pornhub Details Accusations of Rape, Sexual Exploitation of Children. A lawsuit filed against Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek accuses the adult website of hosting and profiting from videos depicting rape and the sexual exploitation of children. Read more here.
Report: China Weighs Ending All Limits on Childbirth. Chinese officials are reportedly considering lifting all restrictions on the number of children parents can have by 2025. Read more here.
Percentage of Singapore Residents With No Religious Affiliation Rises. Twenty percent of Singapore residents had no religious affiliation in 2020, a slight increase from 17 percent a decade before, according to the census data. Read more here.
UK Children’s Commissioner: Porn Fueling Sexual Harassment in Schools. Children’s easy access to online pornography is fueling sexual harassment in schools as it shapes students’ expectations of relationships and ‘normal’ behavior, England’s Children’s Commissioner has warned. Read more here.
Pornography Producer Sentenced to 20 Years for Sex Trafficking. Andre Garcia, a producer for the pornography website GirlsDoPorn, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking. Read more here.
CDC: Suicide Attempts by Teen Girls Spiked During COVID-19. Suicide attempts by adolescent girls aged 12-17 spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more here.
Report Finds Facebook Is Number One Online Source for Sex Trafficking Recruitment. The majority of online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in the U.S. took place on Facebook, according to the Human Trafficking Institute’s 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report. Read more here.
Christian Father Creates Free Internet Filter to Protect Kids From Sexual Content. A Christian father just launched a new internet filtering service to help parents protect children from pro-abortion propaganda, pornography and other sexual content. Read more here.
UN Declaration on HIV/AIDS Tainted by Calls for Legalizing Prostitution and CSE. The UN General Assembly adopted a declaration on HIV/AIDS that promotes the legalization of prostitution, drug use, and the removal of parental consent to health treatments for minors. Read more here.
Sex Slavery Shackles Impoverished Philippine Children. The Philippines has become a global center for the online sexual exploitation of children, the vast majority of whom live in impoverished conditions. Read more here.
North Carolina PD Concerned by Spike in Child Sex Assault Cases. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina has seen a 210% increase in sexual assaults involving children since 2020. Read more here.
PA State Lawmaker Pushing Bill to Allow Minors to Get Vaccinated Without Parental Consent. A Pennsylvania state senator is sponsoring a bill that would allow children as young as 14 to receive vaccinations for COVID-19 without parental permission. Read more here.
Anti-Natalist Policies in Argentina Forebode a ‘Demographic Winter.’ Argentine digital newsletter Notivida warned that “the effects of the anti-natalist policies carried out in recent years and augmented by the current government … presage that Argentina will not escape the “demographic winter” which prevails “in much of the world.” Read more here.
Former Ohio Doctor Gets 22 Years for Luring Underage Girls to Hotels for Sex. A disgraced Ohio doctor who budgeted $2,000 a month to lure underage girls to hotels for sex has been sentenced to 22 years in prison by a federal judge. Read more here.
China to Allow Up to Three Children in Attempt to Reverse Falling Birth Rates. The Chinese government will allow couples to have three children, the latest easing of strict family planning policies as the country tries to avert a demographic crisis. Read more here.
UK Chief Constable: No Age-Verification for Porn ‘Completely Bizarre.’ Chief Constable Simon Bailey of Norfolk Police expressed his disappointment that the government has not implemented age-verification checks on pornography websites. Read more here.
Child Safety Experts Balk at UNICEF Pornography Report. More than 400 child safety experts condemned the United Nations Children’s Fund’s recent report which claimed there is no consensus “on the nature and extent of the harm caused to children by viewing material classified as pornography.” Read more here.
Biden Admin Silent on Prostitution in UN Debate. The Biden administration appears to be signing off on language supporting the decriminalization of prostitution and illegal drugs in a draft resolution by UNAIDS that will guide UN programming for the next five years. Read more here.
Colorado Hospital System Declares ‘State of Emergency’ Amid Rising Attempted Youth Suicides. A Colorado Hospital system declared a “pediatric mental health state of emergency” after mental health emergency visits were up 90% compared with two years ago. Read more here.
UK Online Safety Bill Ditches Age Verification Checks for Porn. The UK government has proposed legislation that would remove age verification checks to protect children from pornography online. Read more here.
Report: Over Half a Million People Pose a Sexual Risk to Children in the UK. There are up to 850,000 people in the UK who “pose varying forms of sexual risk to children,” according to a report from the National Crime Agency. Read more here.
More Than 150 Missing Children Found in North Carolina Operation. More than 150 missing children were rescued in North Carolina, some of whom were victims of human trafficking. Read more here.
Over 700 Sexual Exploitation Survivors Urge Congress to Investigate Pornhub. A group of over 700 survivors of various forms of sexual exploitation and victims’ advocates is calling on Congress to launch a criminal investigation into Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek. Read more here.
UNICEF Takes Down Controversial Report on Pornography. A controversial report from UNICEF asserting that children are unaffected by viewing sexually explicit material was taken down, edited, and reposted but maintains the original position. Read more here.
Former School Nurse Facing Child Porn Charges. A former Tennessee school nurse is in custody after a federal investigation revealed he was in possession of hundreds of images of minor girls, some of whom are believed to be students at the high school where he worked. Read more here.
Study: 43 Percent of Millennials Don’t Know or Care if God Exists. According to a study from Arizona Christian University, 43% of millennials stated they either don’t know, don’t care or don’t believe God exists. Read more here.
Census Shows China Has 30M Unmarried Men. A once-in-a-decade census in China shows that the country has about 30 million unmarried men, and the nation’s preference for male babies has many worried about a shortage of brides. Read more here.
Angry Moms Line Up to Read Sexually Explicit Excerpts From Book Assigned to Ninth Graders. A group of furious parents lined up before Virginia’s Loudoun County School Board to read several “pornographic” passages from books assigned to ninth graders in the district. Read more here.
Pope Francis Condemns Falling Birth Rates. Pope Francis lamented news of plunging birth rates worldwide in an address, warning that there is “no future” without the family. Read more here.
UNICEF Report Says Pornography Not Always Harmful to Children. A UN agency is again immersed in controversy for a recent report suggesting there is no conclusive evidence that children exposed to pornography are harmed. Read more here.
Child Safety Advocates Urge Facebook to Cancel Launch of Instagram for Kids Under 13. A cohort of advocates under the banner of the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood are urging Facebook to cancel its plans to launch a version of Instagram designed for pre-teens. Read more here.
Parents Infuriated After H.S. Student Forced to Read Sexually Graphic Book. Parents are infuriated after learning a first-year high school English class in Northern Virginia asked students to read a book that discussed young adults performing sexual acts on one another. Read more here.
Chinese Demographic Crisis Looms as Population Growth Slips to Slowest Ever. China’s 2020 census results show that the country’s population grew in the last decade at its slowest rate since the 1950s. Read more here.
Twitter Tries to Dismiss Another Child Pornography Case. Twitter is trying to dismiss a second child pornography lawsuit filed against them, arguing that even if all of the minors’ “allegations” are accepted as true, there is no legal basis for holding Twitter liable. Read more here.
UK Dad Takes Legal Action to Protect Sons From Pornography. A father of four is taking legal action against the UK government over its failure to implement promised age-verification checks on pornographic websites. Read more here.
U.S. Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Point in More Than a Century. The U.S. birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report. Read more here.
France Changes Rape of Minors Law. Sex with children under 15 in France will now generally be prosecuted as rape, irrespective of “consent,” and perpetrators will face a prison sentence of up to 20 years. Read more here.
Pope Francis to Open Event on Italy’s Demographic Decline. The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will open an event on Italy’s demographic winter as the country’s birth rate has hit a historic low. Read more here.
Germany Busts Massive Darknet Child Porn Site. German prosecutors announced they have busted one of the world’s biggest international darknet platforms for child pornography, used by more than 400,000 registered members. Read more here.
Int’l Pro-Life Groups Concerned About USAID Nominee. Pro-life advocates are concerned over the nomination of Samantha Power to head a critical U.S. international aid agency as her history indicates she may direct aid to pro-abortion and pro-LGBT groups in developing countries. Read more here.
U.S. Census Numbers Confirm Downward Population Trend. New Census numbers show the U.S. had its slowest decade of population growth since the Great Depression. Read more here.
NYT Exposé Details Google’s Complicity in Online Sexual Exploitation. Google is coming under fire for helping direct people to content featuring the rape and sexual abuse of children published on websites like Pornhub and XVideos. Read more here.
Health Advocates Ask Facebook to Scrap Planned Instagram for Kids. An international coalition of 35 consumer advocacy groups and 64 experts in child development called on Facebook to ditch plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under 13. Read more here.
UN Elects Iran, China to Women’s Rights Commission. The United Nations voted to elect notorious human rights abusers Iran and China to the international body’s commission on women’s rights. Read more here.
UK Parliamentarians Declare China Is Committing Genocide in Xinjiang. British MPs approved a motion in the House of Commons to declare that genocide is taking place against the Muslim Uyghurs and others in the Xinjiang region of China. Read more here.
China Rejects Accusations of Abuses in Xinjiang. China’s government rejected accusations of abuses in the Xinjiang region after a human rights group appealed for a UN investigation into possible crimes against humanity. Read more here.
Exiled Doctor Reveals Details of China’s Forced Sterilization of Uyghur Women. A doctor from the ethnic Uyghur minority in China revealed that “on some days there were about 80 surgeries to carry out forced sterilizations.” Read more here.
Study: Netflix Has the Best Parental Controls, Hulu the Worst. Netflix has the best parental controls and Hulu the worst, with the other streaming services falling somewhere in between, according to a new report by the Parents Television and Media Council. Read more here.
Mastercard Adding Rules for Porn Site Payment Processing. Mastercard has added new rules for banks processing payments from pornography sites following allegations that Pornhub allowed sexual exploitation on its platform. Read more here.
UNFPA Flagship Report Promotes Individual ‘Bodily Autonomy.’ The United Nations Population Fund launched its annual flagship report with the theme of “bodily autonomy,” including the topics of abortion, Comprehensive Sexuality Education, sex work, and transgender-related medical procedures. Read more here.
Over 10,000 Call for Free Speech to Be Protected on UK Campuses. At least 10,000 members of the UK public have added their names to an open letter calling on PM Boris Johnson to protect freedom of speech on college campuses. Read more here.
Trafficking Survivors Detail Pornhub’s ‘Criminal’ Practices at Congressional Briefing. A coalition of advocates and sex trafficking survivors detailed to the U.S. Congress the myriad ways one of the world’s largest pornography sites has concealed the sexual abuse of children for over a decade. Read more here.
Second Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse Sues Twitter. A second plaintiff has joined a lawsuit accusing Twitter of profiting from sexually explicit material involving minors. Read more here.
Study Shows Sexually Violent Acts Prevalent on Pornhub and Other Major Porn Sites. Sexually violent pornography scripts are commonly promoted on the main pages of Pornhub and other widely accessed porn sites, according to a new analysis published by The British Journal of Criminology. Read more here.
Despite Pandemic, U.S. Suicides Dropped in 2020. The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data. Read more here.
New Utah Law Requires Biological Fathers to Share Pregnancy Costs. Utah has passed a law that will require men to split the cost of the woman’s out-of-pocket pregnancy costs, an attempt to hold men financially accountable for unintended pregnancies. Read more here.
Porn Sites Could Be Exempt From Age Checks Under UK Online Safety Proposals. UK Culture Minister Baroness Diana Barran revealed that protections in the government’s Online Safety Bill will not apply to porn websites which do not include user-generated content. Read more here.
U.S. Church Membership Dips Below 50 Percent for First Time. The number of Americans who belong to a house of worship has dropped below 50 percent for the first time since polling began, according to a recent study from Gallup. Read more here.
Trafficking Victims Urge Visa to Sever Ties With Pornhub’s Parent Company Amid Investigation. Sex trafficking survivors and advocates are urging major credit company Visa to stop processing payments to a company that owns several major pornography websites, just as it did with Pornhub amid an ongoing criminal investigation. Read more here.
Armenia Faces ‘Demographic Catastrophe.’ The Armenian government plans to triple funding for reproductive programs after statistics show the nation is “facing a demographic catastrophe.” Read more here.
Half of Younger Koreans See No Need to Have Kids After Marriage. A report shows more than half of South Koreans in their teens and twenties think it is not necessary to have kids after marriage, adding to concerns about the country’s chronic low birth rate. Read more here.
Utah Gov Signs Measure to Require Porn-Blocking Filters on Devices. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed legislation requiring all smart phones and tablets sold in Utah to have filters that can block pornography. Read more here.
Experts: Swedish Law Allows Child Abusers to Keep Indecent Images on Cloud Drives. Swedish child sex abusers have been able to keep indecent images of children as long as they are stored on a cloud service, experts say. Read more here.
UK Television Program Brings Strangers Together to Raise Children. A British television station is set to launch a controversial new program which will try to bring strangers together in order to raise a child. Read more here.
Virginia Police Arrest 20 Men for Seeking Sex With Minors. Special victims detectives from Chesterfield County, Virginia arrested 20 suspects who they believed were soliciting sex from minors via social media and the internet. Read more here.
Another Porn Giant Faces Lawsuit for Hosting Child Sex Trafficking Videos. Another leading online pornography company is facing the possibility of a class action lawsuit alleging that it profits from child sexual abuse material and sex trafficking. Read more here.
Judge Who Led DQSH Foundation Arrested on Child Porn Charges. A Milwaukee County children’s court judge who served as CEO of a foundation promoting Drag Queen Story Hours has been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Read more here.
Humanists Celebrate as Compulsory Atheism Lessons Introduced in Wales. Humanists in Wales have expressed their delight that the new “Religion, Values and Ethics” curriculum will include compulsory lessons on Humanism and atheism. Read more here.
Canadian Lawmakers Demand Criminal Investigation Into MindGeek. More than 70 parliamentarians from all parties are calling for a full-on criminal investigation into Montreal-based MindGeek, Pornhub’s parent company. Read more here.
Sexual Consent App Proposal Sparks Backlash. Australians have derided a suggestion by the New South Wales police commissioner that an app could be used to register sexual consent. Read more here.
U.S. House Votes to Revive Equal Rights Amendment. The House voted largely along party lines to remove the expired deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, despite the Justice Department’s view that such a move is not possible. Read more here.
Utah Passes Bill Mandating Pornography Filters on Mobile Devices. The Utah legislature passed a bill that would require all mobile devices sold in the state to include filters to block pornography. Read more here.
Poland’s Replacement for Istanbul Convention Would Ban Abortion and Same-Sex Marriage. Ahead of an expected vote in parliament on a draft law requesting the president withdraw Poland from the Istanbul Convention, the Polish government’s vision for its replacement is an alternative treaty that bans abortion and same-sex marriage. Read more here.
Russia Gives Twitter 30 Days to Remove Child Porn or Face Ban. Russia will ban Twitter from the country in 30 days if the platform does not remove illegal content, including child pornography. Read more here.
Advocates for Sexual Abuse Survivors Blast Grammys’ Promotion of Prostitution, Porn Culture. A television watchdog group and an anti-pornography organization that advocates for sexual abuse survivors are pushing back against the Grammys for featuring sexually explicit content and normalizing prostitution and porn culture. Read more here.
Dozens of Missing Children Recovered in Texas Human Trafficking Operation. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced that 31 missing children from the Dallas-Fort Worth area were recovered during a monthlong operation to crack down on human trafficking. Read more here.
Twitter Moves to Dismiss Child Porn Lawsuit. Citing its immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Twitter has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from a minor who claims that the social media platform refused to remove child porn that featured him and another 13-year-old. Read more here.
School District Apologizes After Children Assigned Books With Graphic Sexual Content. A Texas school district is apologizing to parents after books with inappropriate content including graphic sex scenes were assigned to teens as part of the reading curriculum. Read more here.
Ohio State Hosts Seminar Promoting Porn Platform to Students. A student group at Ohio State University held a seminar appearing to promote pornography platform OnlyFans as part of its annual “Sex Week.” Read more here.
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit to Recognize ERA. A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by three state attorneys general that had sought to force the federal government to recognize Virginia’s vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and add it to the Constitution. Read more here.
Child Pornography Offences Increase in Romania. Officials in Romania report there has been an increase in the production and distribution of pornographic material featuring minors during the pandemic. Read more here.
Report: Facebook a ‘Hotbed of Child Sexual Abuse Material.’ A recent report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children claims that Facebook had 20.3 million reported incidents of child sexual abuse material. Read more here.
UN Report: Parents Block Sexual Freedom for Kids. A new report published by the UN Human Rights Council asserts that “sexual expression” is part of children’s privacy and that bodily integrity and autonomy rights are infringed by parents, among others. Read more here.
Social Media Platforms Warned of ‘Explosion’ of Predatory Grooming During Lockdowns. An expert on combatting sexual exploitation said her organization warned social media platforms that once the COVID-19 lockdowns began, predatory grooming and sexual exploitation of children would “explode.” Read more here.
YouTube to Expand Parental Controls. YouTube has announced an upcoming feature with expanded parental controls for tweens and teens. Read more here.
USA Gymnastics Coach Commits Suicide After Being Charged for Sex Trafficking. A former USA Gymnastics coach killed himself the same day he was hit with 24 charges, including human trafficking and sexual assault. Read more here.
NCOSE’s 2021 ‘Dirty Dozen List’ Names Businesses Profiting Off Sexual Exploitation. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation unveiled its annual Dirty Dozen list, comprised of 12 businesses and entities that the organization says profit off sexually exploitative products. Read more here.
Minnesota Teacher Praises Transgender Activist, Sex Worker to Middle Schoolers. A Minnesota middle school showed 11- to 13-year-olds a video praising a transgender activist and sex worker who was highlighted as “Person of the Day.” Read more here.
Police: 37 Arrested During Child Sex Trafficking Investigation. Thirty-seven suspects have been arrested in connection with a large-scale child sex crimes and human trafficking operation, according to police in Phoenix, Arizona. Read more here.
Pandemic Leads to Rise in Cyber Abuse of Children in Albania. Thousands of children in Albania are at greater risk of harm as their lives move increasingly online during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn. Read more here.
New Zealand Birth Rate Lowest Ever Recorded. New Zealand’s total fertility rate fell in 2020 to 1.61 births per woman compared to 1.72 in 2019. Read more here.
France: Child Prostitution Increased 600 Percent in Six Years. Between 2014 and 2020, the number of children reported as being exploited and sold by sex traffickers in France increased by 600%, according to the country’s human trafficking agency. Read more here.
Abuse Survivors Sue Pornhub Over Abuse Footage on Site. Two people who were sexually abused as minors have filed suit against Pornhub and its owner, Mindgeek, over videos of their abuse being uploaded to the pornography website. Read more here.
‘Hate Speech in Homes’ Plan Dropped by UK Law Commission. Plans to criminalize private conversations in the home in England and Wales have been abandoned by the Law Commission. Read more here.
France Seeks to Set Age for Sexual Consent at 15. Amid growing public pressure, France’s government wants to set the age of sexual consent at 15 and make it easier to punish child sexual abuse. Read more here.
Chinese Birth Rate Fell Below Warning Level in 2020. Experts warn that the birth rate in China has crossed a warning level after a recent report from the public security authorities showed that the country registered only 10 million newborns in 2020. Read more here.
Former Child Protective Worker Admits Making Child Pornography. A former New Jersey child protective services worker admitted to taking pornographic images of a young boy in his care, federal prosecutors said. Read more here.
Eight Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Missouri. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt reported that law enforcement conducted a successful operation at two truck stops in St. Joseph, which resulted in three arrests and eight victims being rescued. Read more here.
U.S. Moves to Rejoin UN Human Rights Council. The Biden administration is set to announce that it will reengage with the UN Human Rights Council. Read more here.
Pornhub Execs Testify Before Canadian Ethics Panel. Executives of MindGeek, the parent company of the pornography website Pornhub, testified before a Canadian ethics committee over allegations that it profited off of child sexual abuse, rape, and other crimes. Read more here.
SPLC Denounced as ‘Thoroughly Disgraced’ After Labeling Pro-Life, Family Orgs as ‘Hate Groups.’ Critics of the Southern Poverty Law Center say the organization has become extreme and “thoroughly disgraced” after the center released its 2020 “census of hate groups,” which included numerous pro-life and family organizations. Read more here.
Macedonia Threatens to Block App Over Pornographic Picture Sharing. Macedonian authorities threatened to block the messaging app Telegram over a group of more than 7,000 users who have been sharing and exchanging explicit pictures and videos of girls – some of whom are underage. Read more here.
Russia’s Population Drops to 15-Year Low. Russia’s population dropped by over half a million people between January 2020 and January 2021, the country’s Federal State Statistics Service reported. Read more here.
Pew: More Fathers Satisfied With Time Spent With Their Kids. A new Pew Research Center analysis shows that an increased share of fathers is satisfied with the amount of time they spend with their children compared to three years ago. Read more here.
Members of Congress Seek to Resurrect ERA. Members of both chambers of Congress introduced a joint resolution to affirm the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, the language of which could be broadly interpreted to include protection for various issues including abortion and gender-transition surgery. Read more here.
Dozens of Missing Children Rescued in Anti-Human Trafficking Operation. Operation Lost Angels found 33 “vulnerable missing children” in southern California, eight of whom were likely being sexually exploited or trafficked when law enforcement saved them, according to the feds. Read more here.
Italian Birth Rates Set to Fall Further. In 2019 there were 420,000 births in Italy, the lowest number since unification in 1861, and it’s expected that this number will further decline in 2020 to perhaps 408,000. Read more here.
Lawsuit: Twitter States That Child Porn Video ‘Didn’t Violate Policies.’ Twitter repeatedly told a victim of child sexual abuse that a video of his ordeal circulating on the platform didn’t violate the platform’s policies, according to a lawsuit filed on the victim’s behalf by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. Read more here.
Toronto Catholic School Board’s Website Links Kids to LGBT Resource Promoting Sex. In just three clicks from the website of Toronto’s Catholic school board, children are able to access extremely graphic homosexual sex guides. Read more here.
Trump Admin Condemns Chinese Claims About Forced Sterilization and Abortion. The Chinese government released a study claiming that “in the process of eradicating extremism” that Uyghur women had been “emancipated” from being “baby making machines.” Read more here.
South Korean City to Pay Residents $100K to Have Babies. A South Korean city is offering a grant of nearly $100,000 for couples who have at least three children, according to a local press report. Read more here.
Danish TV Network Launches Children’s Show About Man With Giant Penis. A Danish TV network has launched a new show, reportedly aimed at audiences between the ages of 4 and 8, about a man with an unrealistically large and retractable penis. Read more here.
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