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Mom of NBA star Kevin Durant takes stand against over-sexualized culture

Wanda Pratt, mother of an Oklahoma City NBA star Kevin Durant, spoke Tuesday at the “Shine the Light” anti-pornography event in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: October 15, 2013 at 10:37 pm •  Published: October 15, 2013

Todd Pauley, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, said Lankford had planned to speak at the event but was in Washington due to the government shutdown. Pauley thanked the campaign's organizers and Pratt for raising public awareness, saying the issues addressed by the anti-pornography campaign may seem new to some, “but these issues, the challenges and results, are not new.”

About the campaign

The initiative's founders said the goal of the “She's Somebody's Daughter” campaign is to start a public dialogue about pornography and the negative effects it has on individuals, families and the community at large.

Tammy Stauffer, the campaign's project manager from Elizabethtown, Penn., 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.

In addition to Tuesday's event at the park, the campaign also included the placement of a campaign billboard near Interstate 44 and Reno Avenue, and a concert event at a local church.

One of the campaign's founders, Steve Siler, of Nashville, Tenn., said the initiative's name is nonjudgmental. It is a way to make the public more aware that people depicted in pornographic images are real, with lives and families of their own.

He said more billboards promoting the campaign will be placed in other parts of the city within the next three months.

Nathan Hedge, 36, pastor of May Avenue Wesleyan Church, 58, said he and his family attended the event and encouraged others to attend to bring awareness to what he said is a connection between pornography and human trafficking.

“We can't talk about healing the problem of prostitution without also addressing pornography,” he said.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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