Blake Lively Gives Emotional Speech About Child Pornography

Actress Blake Lively, one of Variety’s Power of Women: New York honorees, got emotional during her speech Friday at the annual luncheon.

“I would do anything to protect them, I would literally die for them without a moment’s thought,” Lively said of her two daughters.

Introduced by actress Salma Hayek, Lively spoke of her work with Child Rescue Coalition, which seeks to eradicate child pornography from the Internet, as well as examples of the horrors of exploitation of trafficking of child pornography.

“I didn’t really know what child pornography as,” she told the audience. “I was afraid to ask what it was, as a mother, because it would be painful to hear. But I felt I had to ask, and I wanted to share with you. It is the truth, and I believe if we all knew this, we would dedicate much more of ourselves to stopping it.”

For more coverage of Variety’s Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime, click here.


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  1. So what says:

    Child pornography is completely legal, and thriving under the guise of cultural acceptance. The ages of consent in Japan, Brazil, and more have produced an industry that has proliferated the worldwide web with hardcore videos of girls as low as 12 – all available on U.S. internet – AND NO ONE CARES, apparently. What are you fighting if not this? Some creeps with backwoods shacks? Or huge companies across the globe that don’t give a crap about our emotional pleas, just churn out more and more every month, with content unimaginable by our standards. It all makes it’s way here to streaming sites. If your kid has a computer, he’s probably already seen it. Do you care now?