The Freedom Journal

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Shifting Culture

November 8th, 2019
Men Use 50 Shades Defense to Get Away with Murder

She had it coming. She was asking for it. She consented to this. She never said her safe word. These phrases are being used at an alarming rate not only to diminish the severity but to condone violence against women, and it’s not something that’s only started happening in the last decade. The “rough sex” defense has been around since the 1980s but has become an increasingly popular plea since...

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August 30th, 2019
When Exploitation Fails Our Expectations

When we hear the term “sex trafficking,” something in our hearts ignites. Visions of women drugged and smuggled across the border, awakening to the dingy smell of a back-end brothel flood our minds. We are immediately infuriated by the blatant injustice. We raise impassioned pleas for the violence to end. We organize fundraisers, start social media campaigns, and tell all our friends. We muster all our sympathy against a crime...

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August 22nd, 2019
Survivor: Sharing Our Stories Is Harder Than You Think

I tried to kill myself when I was 17. I count that as my first real act of speaking. I screamed the excruciating pain of being sexually exploited in prostitution and porn, as I swallowed an entire bottle of pills. And then I collapsed back into silence. I was able to speak the truth in that moment only because I thought I would never have to face the consequences. When...

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August 15th, 2019
Buyers Must Be Held Accountable in Epstein Case

This guest post was written by Alison Phillips, an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City specializing in human trafficking. This past week, headlines splashed around the country announcing the apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, a famous and wealthy financier charged with operating a sex trafficking network and sexually exploiting dozens of underage girls. His death means that he will not be prosecuted in a court of law,...

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August 1st, 2019
How Porn Can Turn Kids Into Sex Criminals

Lately, it feels like I am surrounded by nudity or (borderline) pornographic material everywhere I turn. From random advertisements, YouTube, all the popular movies and television shows, and now, even the most prominent social networking sites have started to disappoint me. Nudity is everywhere, and if it's not full-frontal nudity, it's a picture of a beautiful woman covered in just enough strings to be classified as a bikini. Sometimes it's a...

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July 24th, 2019
Charlize Theron Narrowly Escaped Exploitation

Recently, Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, arguably one of the most powerful and highly paid women in Hollywood, recounted a “casting couch” experience that she had with a big-name producer. At the time of the incident, she was only eighteen or nineteen and just starting out in her acting career. She said in the interview that the man “was a very big deal and is still a big deal,” hinting...

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July 5th, 2019
World’s First “Porn University” Opens

Imagine if your daughter were faced with the decision, upon entering college, of whether to major in political science, biology or… porn and prostitution? That scenario is exactly where the logic of considering commercial sex as a legitimate job is leading. A porn performer named Amaranta Hank recently found an opportunity to promote the sex industry, make money, and gain notoriety by opening her own “Porn University”—a “sex school” where...

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June 6th, 2019
5 Ways to Protect Your Kids from Porn

92.5 million. That’s how many times just one porn site was visited each day in 2018. EACH DAY! It’s devastating and straight-up frightening. Pornography and explicit imagery have become a custom of modern culture and, tragically, our kids are being targeted. What is now being called a public health crisis, the porn industry is fighting for the minds and hearts of the next generation. As a father, I am grasping...

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May 31st, 2019
Our Founder’s (Literal) Abolition Dream

Our founder, Benjamin Nolot, recently had a deeply sobering dream, which he posted to social media soon afterwards. Through the overwhelmingly positive response and widespread exposure it has received, it’s clear that the message of the dream is really resonating with a lot of people. As such, we wanted to share it with our Exodus Cry community. In sharing this dream we aren’t attempting to make any claims about ourselves...

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May 17th, 2019
Prostitution Survivor Deconstructs a Pro “Sex Work” TED Talk

In her recent TEDx Talk “What a Sex Worker Can Teach Us About Human Connection”1 Nicole Emma spun a story of prostitution as one of healing for toxic masculinity. She characterized her role in this story as a “sexual health professional.” Her story pulls you in as all fairytales do, but to me, that is all it really was—a fairytale. I did not find the everyday reality of prostitution in...

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