Our Story

How it all started...

The Religious Alliance Against Pornography (RAAP) was founded in the home of Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York City in July 1986. Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and Dr. Jerry Kirk, Senior Pastor of College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH served as Co- Chairmen. Twenty-eight leaders were present representing the Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church USA, United Methodist Church, Episcopalians, Southern Baptist Convention, National Association of Evangelicals, Pentecostals, the Greek Orthodox Church, National Council of Churches, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and three leading Rabbis, including the Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee. These leaders represented a constituency of well over 100 million Americans.

RAAP was founded because of its members' deep concern about the growing assault of pornography on our children and youth, it's devastating impact on marriages, and it's addictive nature for many. Since our founding we have grown in our understanding that not only is pornography a growing problem but it is directly related to the sexualization of the culture and to sex trafficking. There is no such thing as a strictly private use of pornography and all of our sexual behavior impacts beyond our individual lives to the culture as a whole.