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Expert to speak on pornography’s impact on youth


Patrick Trueman, CEO and president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Patrick Trueman, CEO and president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (formerly called Morality in Media), will deliver a talk for the general public titled “The Multimedia Assault on Our Nation’s Youth” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

The presentation is for parents, schoolteachers, clergy, faith formation instructors and anyone interested in learning more about the ways children access pornography, the nature of the pornography they access, and its specific effects on youth. Trueman also will address the effects of television and violent video games, which often include pornographic depictions. Tickets for the general public are $5 in advance and $10 at the door.

Trueman also will be speaking earlier Aug. 31 as part of Diocesan Ministry Day on “A Catholic Response to the Sexual Exploitation Culture.” Anyone attending Diocesan Ministry Day may attend Trueman’s evening workshop for FREE.

“Through Patrick Trueman’s extensive experience as a lawyer, advocate and father, he will help make us more aware of the concerns and threats that pornography poses in today’s culture and practical steps we, as parents, can take to safeguard our children,” said Chris Codden, director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family.

Trueman served as chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., from 1988 to 1993. While there, he supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography and obscenity. He managed an office of 20 prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s U.S. attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions. Trueman directs the War on Illegal Pornography, a national coalition involving dozens of national, state and local groups that are educating the American public on the harm caused by pornography and calling for vigorous enforcement of federal laws against illegal pornography.

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