On Tuesday, September 7, Exodus Cry launched its latest animated video as a part of its new campaign, Protect Children Not Porn, highlighting the danger posed to children by porn exposure, the entities involved in perpetuating this crisis, and what needs to change.

(Interview with Laila Mickelwait of Trafficking Hub)

The campaign is calling for required age verification, with government ID, on all sites hosting pornographic content in order to protect children from porn exposure. So far, the petition has over 45,000 signatures and is supported by over 100 anti-trafficking, women’s rights, and child protection organizations, and a coalition representing over 2000 organizations.

It highlights how kids ages 10-15 are five times more likely to exhibit sexually aggressive behavior if violent porn is consumed, how children addicted to hardcore porn have an increased likelihood of committing sexual harassment and rape, and how girls exposed are at a greater risk for sexual victimization.

With no age restrictions on most sites hosting pornographic content, these sites are allowing kids unlimited access to videos of graphic and degrading sex acts, like the cases of rape and trafficking found last year on Pornhub. Most kids are first exposed without intentionally searching for this material. The most easily accessible porn sites are full of hardcore, often violent, porn and this material has become sex education for many children.

To date, Exodus Cry has received hundreds of stories from people detailing the traumatizing and damaging experience of early exposure to porn. One boy shared with them, “I was only six years old and was consistently watching hardcore porn.” This young boy tried to commit suicide as a teenager explaining that the porn he was watching dominated his entire life. Another girl shared that after her teenage boyfriend knocked her unconscious and raped her, he explained, “it’s just BDSM, look it up, girls love to get raped and threatened with death.”

These stories represent the tip of the iceberg of the untold millions of children who are exposed to porn, many of whom will never have their stories heard.

CEO and Founder of Exodus Cry, Benjamin Nolot, said, “We need Big Porn and Big Tech to be held accountable for their reckless disregard for the safety of our children. Our hope is that this campaign will provoke people to join the growing movement demanding age verification, with ID, on all sites that host porn. We have to do more.”

Exodus Cry’s previous #Traffickinghub campaign went viral, with their animated video receiving 34 million views across multiple social platforms. The #Traffickinghub campaign caught the attention of hundreds of media outlets and Pornhub deleted 10 million videos, about 80% of their content, and also removed their infamous “download” button. Over 2 million people from 192 countries signed the Traffickinghub petition to shut down the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub, for their complicity in child sexual abuse, trafficking, and rape.

Exodus Cry and Magic Lantern Pictures will be releasing their newest documentary, Raised on Porn as a part of the campaign on September 30. The 35-minute film exposes the ways pornography has become the new sex education for children and unpacks the dangerous lifelong implications of this global phenomenon.

The film’s synopsis reads: “Through riveting firsthand accounts, cinematic re-enactments, 3D animation, and interviews with the world’s leading neurologists, sociologists, psychologists, and therapists, Raised on Porn is filled to the brim with raw, compelling insight on how pornography is poisoning us and our relationships. This film shatters cultural myths about the ‘harmless’ nature of pornography and provides a sobering framework to understand how this graphic genre of media has shaped our world, eliciting a desperately-needed call for change.”

Exodus Cry is a non-profit organization working to break the cycle of sex trafficking and other forms of exploitation related to the sex industry. Magic Lantern Pictures is a production company that focuses on telling true stories of injustice to bring viewers to the front lines of current social issues.

Raised on Porn director and founder of Exodus Cry, Benjamin Nolot, is available for interviews. Exodus Cry Vice President of Impact, Helen Taylor is also available for interviews.

The film will be available to watch on raisedonporn.com