We’re a group of passionate and innovative problem-solvers who want to make a difference in the world. Our mission is to raise awareness on the harmful effects of pornography through creative mediums.
CEO & CO-FOUNDER
WHITNEY VAN WAGONER
DIRECTOR OF NONPROFIT DEVELOPEMENT
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Fight the New Drug exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness on its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts.
There was a time when the issue of pornography was a matter of personal opinion. Some people felt it was natural, normal, and even expected it to be consumed. Others were opposed to it, often on a moral basis or due to political views. However, few people, if any, seemed to have concrete evidence to support their points of view.
As young college students not too long ago, we came across the recent (at the time) science of how porn affects the brain and we were shocked! After further study we began to find that porn not only has negative effects on the individual, but that pornography’s influence can cause problems in relationships, tearing apart families and that production of pornography is often inseparably connected to the world of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The research is clear that pornography has negative neurological effects, is damaging to relationships, and is impacting our society as a whole. We couldn’t believe that all of this was happening and nobody was talking about it! We quickly became passionate about educating the world (specifically youth) and raising awareness on the issue. In 2009, we officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and began this campaign.
WE ARE THE FIRST GENERATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD TO FACE THE ISSUE OF PORNOGRAPHY TO THIS INTENSITY AND SCALE. WE’RE ALSO THE FIRST GENERATION WITH A SCIENTIFIC, FACT-BASED UNDERSTANDING OF THE HARM PORNOGRAPHY CAN DO.
With that knowledge, we feel the responsibility to share with others that porn harms the brain, damages relationships, and affects society as a whole. Our movement uses nothing but science, research, and personal accounts to bring this issue out into the open and get people talking about something that has previously been considered taboo.
By choosing to Fight pornography, FTND followers can help shape their own lives for the better. By spreading this message to others however, they hold the power to shape history. From that simple idea, Fight the New Drug and the ‘Porn Kills Love’ movement was born.
WHO WE ARE
With an all-inclusive approach, we carry our anti-pornography message across borders of religious beliefs, political agenda, and social backgrounds by presenting it as a public health issue, rather than as a moral, political or religious argument.
As a nonprofit organization, we at Fight the New Drug give live presentations on the harmful effects of pornography in schools (public and private) and universities throughout North America. In just five years, we have toured the country and presented our message to over 300 schools reaching hundreds of thousands of teens. We are also delivering our message through social media and have gathered a massive following that has created a powerful social movement online. In addition to spreading awareness, we also assist young people who are already struggling with porn addiction through our unique online program: the Fortify Program. As we present our message, not only do we educate teens on the harmful effects of pornography to allow them to make an informed decision but we also give them a place to turn for help, as so many are silently struggling and are too ashamed or embarrassed to reach out for help.