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20th Annual WRAP Week to Kick Off Year-Long Effort to Raise Public Awareness About the Pornography (Obscenity) Problem and to Make Both Political Parties Aware of the Need to Enforce Obscenity Laws

Contact: Robert Peters, President, Morality in Media, 212-870-3210


NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /Christian Newswire/ -- Morality in Media has promoted the annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week since the fall of 1987. This year's WRAP Week will be held Sunday, October 28, through Sunday, November 4.

The primary goal of WRAP Week is to inform the public and public officials about the harms of pornography and the need to enact and enforce constitutional obscenity and related laws. This year, WRAP Week will also serve to kickoff a yearlong effort to make both major political parties aware of the need to enforce federal obscenity laws.

WRAP Week began with one woman in Butler, Pennsylvania, in 1987. Norma Norris heard the pastor of her Catholic parish lament that prosecutors and law enforcement agencies acted as if people didn't care about the hardcore pornography being sold in their communities. Norma looked at the people in her church and said, "That can't be; they're here!" The idea of a white ribbon as a symbol of community standards of decency came to her and a movement was born.

Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media, had the following comments:

"Morality in Media continues to promote WRAP Week because citizens find that the display of white ribbons is a simple and inexpensive way to make a statement against pornography. This year's campaign is special because in November 2008 Americans will elect a new president. While President Bush's record of enforcing obscenity laws has been disappointing, to date it is clearly superior to the Clinton record, and we will be working to encourage the Bush Administration to pick up the pace of prosecutions, with the hope that the next President will build on that progress.

"The Supreme Court has held that obscene materials are not protected by the First Amendment; but to reverse the floodtide of hardcore pornography pouring into our nation's communities, homes and children's minds, obscenity laws must be vigorously enforced. Given a choice, I think most adult Americans would rather live in a safe, healthy and decent society than in a pornographic cesspool."

For more information about WRAP Week and fighting pornography throughout the year, citizens can call 212-870-3222 or visit www.moralityinmedia.org (WRAP Campaign). Other groups promoting this year's WRAP Week include America Mothers, Catholic Daughters, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, Girls Against Porn, Knights of Columbus, Maryland Coalition Against Pornography and Pittsburgh Coalition Against Pornography.