How One Man Removed His Local Kroger’s Display of the Fifty Shades of Grey Franchise from the checkout lanes

A June 17, 2017 email from The National Center on Sexual Exploitation tells of the efforts of one man (who wishes to remain anonymous) to remove a display of Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker from the checkout area of his local Kroger store. His email to Kroger management said, “Ask yourself this question, would the way women are treated in these movies be approved as acceptable treatment by Kroger’s Human Resources policies?”  

He quoted the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in his email: “Fifty Shades Darker also sends the dangerous message that women can ‘fix’ their abuser . . . and that domestic violence can be excused because of the abuser’s troubled past. These are prevalent cultural myths that contribute to some women choosing to stay in dangerous and unhealthy relationships. . . .”

These cultural myths plus our tendency toward normalization and distribution of sexually exploitative material  also relate to victim's vulnerability to trafficking and why they stay with their trafficker.

Kroger's response included the statement that the customer’s feedback was taken into consideration and that “the display of DVDs will be moved from the U-scan area to a location where other DVDs and general merchandise are sold.”

The NCOSE email goes on to say, "Although media that promotes abusive relationships can be disheartening, stories like that of the Kroger customer who pushed back against the normalization and distribution of sexually exploitative material serve as a reminder that small actions can make a difference. This should prompt us all to take action the next time we encounter sexually exploitative material at the checkout lane!"

One person's efforts CAN make a difference.  Way to go, sir!
Sue Ann

Note: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) was founded in 1962 to address the connections between pornography and sex trafficking, violence against women and children, harms to children, addiction, the breakdown of the family and more.  It is a leading national organization addressing the public health crisis of pornography and exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation.  Learn more about them HERE. 

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For educators and/or anyone who works with children: 

FREE trainings will provide information on the what, who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.

Morning session (9am-12pm)

  • Discussion of the topic
  • Identification and “red flags”
  • Overview of local intervention resources.

Afternoon session (1pm-4pm)

  • Safety planning
  • Direct service to survivors of exploitation
  • How CSEC uniquely affects male identifying youth.

August Option: 8/10/2017 at St Luke’s Educational Center 3333 Squalicum Pwky, Bellingham, WA 98225.

Morning Session is 9am-12 noon. (register here)
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Note: Additional scheduled trainings are 10/19/17 and 12/14/17 if you're not able to attend in August.


Plan for FreedomSunday 
on September 24, 2017

We're past the midpoint of July and moving quickly toward August.  Soon -- too soon -- it will be September!  With just 9 weeks to go, it's time to plan for Freedom Sunday on September 24, 2017!
International Justice Mission says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."

It can be as simple as a short two-sentence mention from the pulpit along with a prayer for enslaved people in the world or it can be a full sermon with flyers, a video, companion materials for small groups, and more!

IJM provides a wealth of materials to support your church's approach to Freedom Sunday.  Click here for details.



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