Dakota Fitzgerald, GCGOP 2nd Vice Chair; Understanding the law, as a Republic, is crucial to our overall success in combatting Human Trafficking and provides We the People with the knowledge we need to press on. While strides have been made and the arrests continue to increase, there is still more work to be done. As free citizens of this great nation we have a responsibility to influence our legislators and implore them to adequately represent their constituents. That is why I would like to take a moment to discuss two bills being proposed to the House of Representatives that can greatly impact the demand for Human Trafficking through combatting child pornography.
H4535 – Device Filter Legislation: Protecting children from harmful images online; requiring manufacturers to default filters to “ON” rather than “OFF”.
Problem: Adolescent and preteen children are consuming hard core pornography with unfiltered internet accessible devices. Pornagraphy is a highly addictive agent and children are especially vulnerable; for many, it serves as their sex education. A nationally representative survey found that 64% of young people, ages 13-24, actively seek out pornography weekly or more often. Porn consumption continues to be an issue as the Navigators Christian Ministry at Clemson University reports most men and 25-30% of women students in Navigators struggle with pornography addiction.
Solution: Virtually all internet accessible devices are manufactured with built in filtering capabilities and parental controls features, but the filters are defaulted to “OFF”. This legislation mandates that the devices be manufactured so that the filters be defaulted to “ON” when activated in South Carolina.
According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, “Without this legislation it is not possible for parents to effectively protect their children from the massive amounts of harmful material inundating them online.”
Reasoning: Why Filters?
- Devices are currently manufactured with filters built in but defaulted to “OFF”.
- Parents/guardians find turning filters “ON” to be very burdensome; default “ON” rather than default “OFF” addresses this.
- With the default “ON”, parents/guardians may control access to speech harmful to children.
- Placing filters on the device itself, instead of on the network, protects minors on the internet wherever the device is used.
- This legislation does not restrict adult access to speech as it filters speech at the device level rather than universally restricting the source internet.
- Adults may elect to consume pornography by deactivating the filters on the device with a passcode.
- This legislation allows the state to mandate the use of filters while empowering parents to determine what material is appropriate for their children.
This legislation is a necessary incremental step in advancing South Carolina’s legitimate interest to protect our children from harmful online materials without restricting adult access to protected speech. Parents, guardians, and the SC Attorney General will be able to bring civil actions against: adults who deactivate filters on devices used by minors and manufacturers of devices who do not comply with the law.
H4563 – Cyber Sexual Harassment aka Revenge Porn: Protection against the online sharing of private images.
Problem: Cyber Sexal Harassment (Revenge Porn) is an action taken by a person who:
- Receives a private sexually explicit self-image from another person who sends it with a reasonable expectation of privacy that the image will not be shared, and
- The identity of the provider of the image can be recognized from it, and
- The person receiving the private image publishes it to the internet without consent.
The sharing of private sexually explicit self-images has become a frequent practice amongst both the juvenile and adult populations. The publication of these images on the internet without consent has also become common.
Unsuspecting juveniles are often preyed upon by online predators who solicit the images and use them to coerce the juvenile into sex trafficking and other illicit activities. Many juveniles share the images with those they consider friends only to find the image posted on a social media platform when the relationship turns sour. Once the image is posted on the internet it is almost impossible to have it removed, especially if the image goes viral. South Carolina is currently 1 out of 3 states without a Revenge Porn statute.
Solution: Law enforcement is asking the South Carolina Legislature to pass this statute. Currently, the only law available to S.C. law enforcement to sanction this activity as possession and distribution of child pornography. Law enforcement is reluctant to charge juveniles with this crime because it entails major criminal penalties inappropriate for what is often thoughtless juvenile behavior.
This Call to Action will take no more than 5-10 minutes and embodies what it means to be an American. Please reach out to your State House Representative and urge them to support these two bills. If you’re not sure who your Representatives are please go to https://www.scstatehouse.gov/
I live in ________ and I am your constituent. Please sign on as a cosponsor to
H4535 – Lin Bennett, Youth Protection from Internet Pornography Act and H4563 – Chris Wooten, Cyber Sexual Harassment Act (aka Revene Porn Statute). H4535 addresses the fact that young people have unrestricted access to internet pornography through their smart phones. Pornography filters are built into these devices but they are sold with the filters turned “OFF” by default. Most parents do not know filters are available on the devices. Lin Bennett’s bill would require the internet accessible devices be sold with the filters turned “ON”. Please help protect our children from harmful pornography. H4563 addresses Cyber Sexual Harassment. Juveniles often share sexually explicit self-images with others. When the relationship sours the person receiving the images often posts it on social media as an act of revenge. It is nearly impossible to get the social media platform to take down the image causing the victim relentless embarrassment. H4563 makes this a crime. South Carolina is one of only three states without a revenge porn statute. Therefore, law enforcement does not have a needed tool at its disposal to deal with a crime that has become common. Please cosponsor these bills and call on Chairman Murphy to schedule hearings with the House Judiciary Committee. Thank you for choosing to be a part of the solution to combat Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in South Carolina.”
Be sure to include your name and town and only identify yourself as a constituent if you are emailing the Representative for your district.
See Dakota’s most recent pieces on “The Fight to End Human Trafficking” below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR …
Dakota Fitzgerald is 2nd Vice Chair of the Greenville County GOP, an America First MAGA Patriot whose vision is to embolden others to embrace, wholly, their duty and contribution to humanity while forming a more perfect Union and fighting to End Human Trafficking.
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A BLM (Rhode Island) Founder Endorses TRUMP?
Yes, it is going to be a really interesting election season.
11/29/2023 FOX News Interview: HERE
Our good friend Lawrence Lantz has been sharing with you for months now on his GOOD NEWS FRIDAY video segment (filmed on Wednesday evenings, posted on Fridays) that there is an ongoing shift among Black Voters for President TRUMP.
Week after week after week after week Lawrence shared with us the ever growing list of Black Voters coming out for TRUMP. There seems to be an awakening in the Democratic Party base (as there has been in the Republican Party base) that the Party leadership is more interested in themselves and the monied special interest than their constituents. It has gotten so bad that even the leftwing mainstream media has been appearing in a panic as of late (HERE, HERE & HERE.)
And as the articles point out … it is not just Black Voters, it is Hispanic Voters as well.
Recall that we have in fact been saying it from the beginning … this is not a battle between R vs D … or Left vs. Right … this is a battle between the Unitparty Leadership Elites in both Parties vs. We The People.
Well, yesterday it kinda hit a new level. Mark Fisher, a co-founder of the Rhode Island affiliate of Black Lives Matter (Wikipedia Article HERE) appeared on FOX News and publicly endorsed President TRUMP (HERE). He even went further to accuse the Democrats of “racist” policies.
That is powerful.
Now granted, Mr. Fisher was only a co-founder of the Rhode Island affiliate … not the entire national organization … and he was only speaking for himself … and we are sure he will be rebuked, ostracized, and possible worse for speaking up. But it is indicative of the greater shift in Black Voters and others.
As the song goes … “We’re not going to take it … anymore!!!” (HERE)
Yes, it is going to be a really interesting election season.
Truth Social Link: HERE
The REAL Nikki Haley – Republican County Party Press Release
TRUMP 2024 Website GCRP Post: HERE
PDF Copy of the GCRP Press Release: HERE
Now this was back in February, but one of our supporters suggested yesterday that we share this again as we had never added an article online and he thought people (especially new followers since February) would like to know.
Basically on February 15, 2023, Nikki Haley officially launched her candidacy during a campaign event in Charleston, South Carolina.
Well, the TRUMP Team received a copy and on February 17th, 2023, they saw fit to share it on the www.donaldjtrump.com website. See above.
AFP Goes all in #NeverTRUMP
AFP Action Press Release: HERE
What they will teach you in Campaign Schools … it’s all about MOMENTUM leading up to ELECTION DAY. What happens 3 months before (or 1 day after) really doesn’t matter but for the impact on the momentum leading up to election day. Smart candidates know this and they know when to dial back, and when to dial up, in the months before an election.
Clearly Ron DeSantis has lost all the momentum … and this AFP Action endorsement appears to be his campaign’s death knell . His trajectory in the first quarter of 2023 was “he is the man” … 11 months later, 3 months before elections, his trajectory is “he is done”.
On January 4th, 2023, the Real Clear Politics GOP Betting Average (HERE) was DeSantis (50.8%), Trump (28.4%) & Haley (5.0%).
On November 28th, 2023, that same betting average has Trump (74.0%), Haley (12.0%) & DeSantis (7.0%).
We shall see where the numbers go over the next few weeks, but which of those three candidates would you like to be?
And don’t forget, as we shared with you nearly 5 months ago (HERE), AFP raised $70 MILLION for their “Push to Sink TRUMP” … and that wasn’t our words, that was the New York Times reporting that obvious agenda (HERE).
Yes, that is a TON of money … and as we stated at the time as well, they were not going to give it back, and you should prepare yourself for the onslaught.
We have seen that come true as we all endure the constant barrage of mailers at our homes, radio spots, TV ads … and SPONSORSHIPS of events by Americans For Prosperity (AFP) all over South Carolina with perceived Anti-Trump groups … and a complete absence of sponsorships with perceived Pro-Trump groups. Isn’t that interesting.
We have seen some big money groups and names come back to TRUMP over this time period as it appears inevitable that he will be the nominee … and as those folks fear another 4 years under BIDEN … but it appears AFP has gone all in on the #NeverTRUMP agenda and this is a last ditch move.
Pence, Asa & Tim Scott are out. DeSantis is over. Chris Christie has no chance whatsoever and only appears still in the race to bash TRUMP.
Haley therefore is the last great hope for the “conservatives” (and business interests) who don’t want TRUMP. It’s not about Nikki … it’s about “who” has any chance whatsoever to sink TRUMP.
Will it work? Probably not … but that is why we have elections and it is going to be an interesting next 88 days (as of 11/29/2023) as we lead up to the South Carolina GOP Presidential Preference Primary on February 24th.
Anyhow, stay tuned, and …
We have heard countless reports that AFP officials … when challenged on their position by Trump supporting conservatives … say that AFP does not really oppose TRUMP, they are only doing this because they don’t think TRUMP can beat Biden in the November 5th, 2024, general election.
That excuse may have held water 6 months ago, but nearly all the polls out there … especially in the swing states … clearly show TRUMP soundly defeating Biden. Yes, that is today and who knows what it will be 11 months from now … momentum can change … but AFP can’t use that excuse anymore (although they probably will).
SELF-FULFILLING PROPHECY?: By all accounts it seems clear TRUMP will be the GOP nominee. Could Biden win … especially with substantial concerns over election fraud … absolutely. Will AFP then say “we told you so”? Will your answer be “because AFP spent $70 MILLION trashing TRUMP”?
No, it is not a Hail Mary Pass because that is only done when you have literally nothing to lose. Americans For Prosperity are making a calculated decision which could leave Biden in office. That is not a “nothing to lose” situation … and it is going to be very interesting the future and image of AFP when all of the dust settles.
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