Posted October 22, 2020 in Featured News

It takes a movement of people. Her initial message to me was compassionate in a way I had never experienced before. Likewise, Exodus Cry welcomes the partnership of organizations from all backgrounds, because we understand that it is only by working together that we will be able to help put an end to the massive injustice of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. He was motivated by care for the well-being and dignity of others in all he did. Please check individual images for licensing details. I am so thankful to Exodus Cry for being the first and still one of the very few to ever help support me as a survivor. “Glossing over a Christian fundamentalist agenda with popular media formats and then painting it as an innocuous attempt at constructive cultural critique and discourse is both disingenuous and dangerous,” Parke warned. It’s a non-religious, non-partisan effort to hold the largest porn website in the world accountable for enabling and profiting off of the mass sex-trafficking and exploitation of women and minors. “I can’t think of anything that has been more destructive in our world than the misuse of sexuality,” said Nolot, in a panel discussion after the film’s London premiere, at a Leicester Square cinema.

Christian media outlets have also noticed that Liberated isn’t ‘overtly’ religious. The two groups are also connected through Lenny LaGuardia, who is listed as a director of both IHOPKC and Exodus Cry. Exodus Cry fights sexual exploitation and the sex industry in three strategic ways. Watch our new video to find out how you can fight the injustice of sex trafficking and prostitution. Exodus Cry is built on a foundation of prayer and is committed to abolishing sex slavery through Christ-centered prevention, intervention, and holistic restoration for trafficking victims. Truth: Exodus Cry has spent over a decade advocating for the rights of women not to be exploited for sex.

Exodus Cry exists to help every person, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, be free from the harms of commercial sexual exploitation. You give them a couple of percocets, a Vicodin, and a beer, and the panties drop.” Throughout, Nolot asks partygoers questions like: Are you going to shag tonight? Sign up to receive openDemocracy 50.50's monthly email newsletter. “It’s very concerning to see this film making its way to a mainstream audience via Netflix,” said Isabel Marler at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) organisation, which has been tracking the global backlash against sexual and reproductive rights.

Now 24 years old, Shay told 50.50 that he felt “huge amounts of rage” as to how he was portrayed when he first watched Liberated. What does love mean to you? Nolot has also posted messages on Twitter against abortion (“‘Planned Parenthood’ are codewords for ‘Planned Assassination’”) and LGBT equality (“I oppose homosexual marriage on the premise that it is an unspeakable offense to God.”), He’s given talks at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), an evangelical movement in California whose cofounder, Kris Vallotton, wrote a book about ‘sexual purity’ and called homosexuality “the ultimate identity crisis.”, Recently, BSSM has opposed local bills to make it illegal for mental health providers to try to ‘change’ a person’s sexual orientation. Working to shift the culture with powerful messaging through films, videos, podcasts, conferences, and the written word.

What the film and Netflix don’t tell you is that it was made by a US Christian advocacy group called Exodus Cry, which is linked to a 'trendy, youthful' movement that is "fiercely opposed to reproductive and LGBTQ rights.”, On its website, Exodus Cry says that it was “birthed out of prayer” in Missouri, where it has been closely linked to the International House of Prayer, Kansas City (IHOPKC), a growing charismatic Christian movement whose founder, Mike Bickle, has said that homosexuality “opens the door to the demonic realm.”, Liberated was directed by Exodus Cry’s president Benjamin Nolot, who gave a talk at IHOPKC about “purity in a pornified world,” in which he referenced “the lust of Satan” and warned: “We are in a dark hour of sexual turbulence across the planet, but God has promised He will have a Bride without spot or blemish.”. Our editor-in-chief, Mary Fitzgerald, is on the ground in key battleground states ahead of the US election. If you have any queries about republishing please contact us. Previously, the film toured in America. Our aim is to be a faith based organization modeled on the character of Jesus. Exodus Cry’s official statement of inclusion on our website makes it clear that our organization loves, supports, includes, and respects people from all walks of life regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or political views. There's never been more at stake. Join us for a free live discussion on Thursday 29 October, 5pm UK time/1pm EDT. Today, like many, my views have evolved and I believe every individual should make that decision for themselves without government being involved in such a personal choice.

“Treating [sex] with the reverence or respect it deserves is a way to move past the rape culture that we are currently living in.”, Nolot dismissed questions from 50.50 about his views on LGBT rights, saying: “I don’t really see the point in that question.”, He said: “I feel like this is, like, a loaded question for you. Nefarious was shown across Scotland in 2012, for example, as part of a campaign to “raise awareness and mobilise prayer and action” in support of a bill that would have criminalised the purchase of sex in Scotland, brought by parliamentarian Rhoda Grant. Exodus Cry has used previous film productions to lobby UK and other parliamentarians for legislation against sex work. "We seek to lead lives of sexual purity, which includes calling actions of sexual union outside of the marriage covenant sin.”, IHOPKC did not respond to questions about its relationship with Exodus Cry. It includes numerous interviews with students including one man who says: “Girls are nothing but panty-droppers. Any suggestion that Exodus Cry is politically affiliated is categorically false. A new film about youth ‘hookup culture’ follows students at ‘Spring Break’ beach parties in Florida. Hundreds of international observers who normally oversee US elections aren't there. This past February, after my story got a global front page pick up with BBC World News, I was contacted by Laila Mickelwait from Exodus Cry. People of many different faiths believe in the value of prayer and it is a very normal part of the lives of millions around the world who believe in a higher power.

Liberty Counsel is also described as an anti-LGBT “hate group” by the SPLC. The sex industry is a global system of violence, exploitation, and gender inequality that encompasses prostitution, pornography, and stripping. We also believe that prayer for those suffering from injustice is an important part of combating it. “Part of our goal, as well, is to reclaim the value of sex,” he explained. Regardless of how one enters the industry, virtually all experience the same exploitative dynamics that are systemic within it. Exodus Cry has consistently made very public statements condemning racism and sexual violence against people of color. People like you and me, all of us working hand-in-hand to break the cycle, to fight for freedom, to make a lasting impact. I want to make clear that I respect the LGBTQ+ community as a group that deserves all of the rights that protect their dignity, safety, and equality.”.

While Liberated was filmed, over five years, Nolot continued giving talks and leading prayers at IHOPKC. We also believe that prayer for those suffering from injustice is an important part of combating it. Learn more about the commercial sex industry and how to fight it. Photo: Pxhere/Creative Commons. I have taken time to better understand the LGBTQ+ experience and listen to their voices. It’s a “shrewd” but alarming strategy, she added, as “the solution offered by the groups behind this film is ‘purity culture’ and abstinence.” Marler said: “It’s very concerning to see this film making its way to a mainstream audience via Netflix.”. IHOPKC’s communications and financial filings, meanwhile, suggest that the organisations remain close. Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution, a new film on Netflix, sells itself as an up-close look at millennial ‘hookup culture.’ It follows students at ‘Spring Break’ beach parties in Florida and shows how ‘sex doesn’t mean anything,’ in the words of one man who’s filmed casually slapping butts and kissing strangers. We believe in writing a better story: a new narrative in which every person is offered real choices, empowerment, and true freedom. Any suggestion that Exodus Cry is politically affiliated is categorically false. CC-BY-2.5. Truth: Exodus Cry is a non-partisan organization that has never advocated for any political party. I was turned away, disbelieved, victim-blamed, and even openly sexually harassed by the same people who were supposed to help victims. Three simple ways you can fight for freedom. International House of Prayer, Kansas City.

Liberated has received rave reviews from some young feminist viewers amid claims that it wishes to open up a conversation about “men’s claims on women’s bodies.”, But it's also been criticised for depicting “casual sex as inherently empowering,” reinforcing “false stereotypes” about race and sexual violence, and omitting any mention of non-heterosexual experiences or “its religious bias.”. Some are trafficked through means of force, fraud, or coercion, while others are seduced by the deceptive “empowerment" narrative in our culture, and still others are compelled to join the sex industry in order to survive. These organisations “stand in a parent/subsidiary relationship, brother/sister relationship, sponsoring organisation… or supporting/supported organisation relationship.”.

"My view is we exposed the makers and characters to a serious debate on the politics of representation and sexuality.”, Of the film, she said: “It’s weird, isn't it... On one level, it’s a piece of media that is critiquing the media for being responsible for all the ills in the world.” It also features a “male narrative, predominantly,” with a “very narrow representation of female sexuality.”, 'Painting casual sex as inherently disempowering and framing sex as the most sacred act in the world. A section of Exodus Cry’s website, on how to ‘join the movement,’ says that the group “would not exist if it weren’t for prayer” and advertises prayer … 50.50, openDemocracy’s gender and sexuality section, also contacted Netflix to ask about its release of Liberated, and why the film’s links to Exodus Cry are not disclosed on the streaming platform. The level of tangible resources and support I’ve experienced have been truly life changing, and I am forever grateful.”. Even former president Obama held similar views in the past. It's driven by the demand of men and necessitates a constant supply of women and children who are sold for the profit of pimps, traffickers, and other predatory stakeholders. “I had no indication that the individuals had any kind of extreme anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQI rights, anti-comprehensive sexuality education views.”, Her university, she said, received an email simply pitching Liberated as a documentary on Netflix. Truth: Exodus Cry has always taken a position that would seek to protect, advocate for, and provide resources to those who sell or are sold for sex.

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