Mary Sharpe is co-founder and CEO of educational charity The Reward Foundation- Love, Sex and the Internet. The charity makes the research on the effects of internet pornography on the adolescent brain accessible to a lay audience. It covers the impact on mental and physical health, attainment, relationships and criminality. She has been teaching this in schools and to professionals for the past 5 years.
Previously Mary practised law as a solicitor, as an Advocate and as a civil servant at the European Commission in Brussels. She has experience of criminal law on both the prosecution and defence sides. She did research at the University of Cambridge from 2003-2010 for the NATO Science for Peace and Security programme looking at the mind set of suicide bombers.
Mary was a Visiting Scholar at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge during 2015-16. During that time she spoke at a dozen national and international conferences; published an article on “Strategies to Prevent Internet Pornography Addiction” available here (pages 105-116) and co-authored a chapter in Working with Sex Offenders – a Guide for Practitioners published by Routledge.
Mary is active in the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers where she contributed to a paper on the Prevention of Harmful Sexual Behaviour as part of its sub-committee on this theme. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health in the USA.