There are few better ways of celebrating a special occasion than with delicious cake. So we rewarded our three years of hard work with delicacies from the local French patisserie and German Konditorei. Reaching our third year has been as exciting as watching any toddler grow. The Reward Foundation has welcomed new board members this past year to widen our expertise in dealing with people’s multifarious challenges with pornography use today. We have taken our work into more schools and to younger pupils. We have published more articles for academic journals and book chapters for practitioners dealing with sexual offending. We have travelled near and far including to the US, Germany, Turkey, London and Cambridge to speak at conferences and to interview neuroscientists and other experts in the field.
After a front-page article on The Reward Foundation last August in The Sunday Times (Scotland edition) about our work in schools, the story was picked up by many news outlets. CEO Mary Sharpe was interviewed as a result of this by Stephen Nolan on BBC Northern Ireland on his radio and TV shows. The BBC is starting to wake up to the whole issue now about the unintended consequences of excessive porn use. Emma Barnett has been particularly helpful in that regard on BBC 5 Live. We have been helping her producer find more interviewees for what will be a third discussion on it in due course. They have had a huge response from listeners to the subject matter.
October promises to be a busy month. We will be speaking at the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) annual conference in Salt Lake City as well as in Zagreb, Croatia at a conference on the family. We have also been invited to speak at the Medico-Chirurgical Society in Edinburgh in October too. We hope to do a talk with the Albertus Institute about the impact of pornography on Human Trafficking in October or November as part of a larger conference on the subject of trafficking.
We have other plans for the year ahead. For more on those, sign up to Twitter or our e-newsletter (see bottom of this page). I can promise however that we are in the process of editing and publishing a range of video interviews with medical, psychological, legal, academic and theatrical experts to keep everyone abreast of developments in the field. We also have interviews with people who are experts by experience and have recovered from the snare of pornography use. We will be improving the website to make it more targeted to particular audiences and easier to navigate. So fingers crossed for the year ahead.
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