An anti-pornography campaign called “She's Somebody's Daughter” was recently launched in Oklahoma City, and two special events are being planned in conjunction with the new initiative.
An “Into the Light” concert featuring contemporary Christian recording artists Clay Cross, Scott Krippayne and John and Shelli Mandeville is set for Saturday at Crossings Community Church. A public awareness event called “Shine the Light” will be held on Oct. 15 at Wheeler Park in south Oklahoma and will feature guest speakers U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Wanda Pratt, mother of Oklahoma City Thunder NBA star Kevin Durant.
Steve Siler, one of the initiative's founders, said the idea behind the campaign is to start a public dialogue about pornography and the negative effects it has on individuals, families and the community at large.
“We want to open the doors to have difficult conversations about this issue,” Siler said.
“Pornography is coming after all of our marriages and all of our kids.”
He said many leaders in Oklahoma have responded well to the campaign launch on Tuesday. Gov. Mary Fallin proclaimed Tuesday “She's Somebody's Daughter Day” in Oklahoma. Tammy Stauffer, the campaign's project manager, said Oklahoma City was chosen for the launch because of the amount of human trafficking that occurs here. She said human trafficking is an issue in the city because of its interstate connections. Also, Stauffer said Oklahoma City ranks highly in searches for Internet pornography.
A billboard promoting the campaign recently was unveiled near Interstate 44 and Reno Avenue.
Stauffer said campaign leaders consider pornography to run the gamut from some lingerie commercials to violent videos on the Internet. She said the campaign, among other things, seeks to educate the public about what campaign leaders called a connection between the demand for human trafficking and pornography “because pornography is about objectification.” Campaign leaders said pornography and the objectification of women is damaging to women's self-image and self-esteem.
Siler, a Nashville, Tenn., songwriter and executive producer of the award-winning documentary “She's Somebody's Daughter: A Journey to Freedom from Pornography,” said he has been working to combat pornography for about 10 years. He said he became an anti-pornography advocate when one of his friends confessed to being addicted to it, even at the risk of his marriage and family and successful career.
Siler said the initiative's premise is nonjudgmental and simply seeks to make people think about the people depicted in pornographic images as real, with lives and families of their own.
“We are just asking people to look at this issue through the lens of the women they care about,” he said.
“This is about awakening hearts because we believe good people everywhere love their families and they want what's best for their sons and daughters. Nobody would want their daughter hanging on someone's garage (on a poster or calendar) being objectified.”
Stauffer, who lives in Elizabethtown, Penn., agreed.
She said people will get an opportunity to literally shine a light on the issue during the event at Wheeler Park. She said people will be given flashlights to shine at dusk and encouraged to think of someone they love — male or female — whom they wish to take a stand for in the fight against pornography, sex trafficking and the over-sexualization of women in media and culture.
“The goal is not just to shine light in darkness but to encourage everyone to hold their daughters up for who they are, not how they look,” she said.