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January 02, 2017

Adult Performer Advocacy Committee to Expand APAC Stamp of Approval

LOS ANGELES, CA—The following statement has been received from the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee in response to widespread concern within the industry regarding performer safety: The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee extends an industry-wide invitation to directors and producers to receive the APAC Stamp of Approval. The APAC Stamp is a method of providing performers with resources that adhere to the Model Bill of Rights; protecting their rights and safety. Several professionals outside of the industry- including doctors and lawyers- have received the Stamp and are listed on the APAC website as performer-safe resources. APAC would like to offer this stamp to directors and producers in the adult industry to convey to performers that these are professional companies that will treat them with the respect and courtesy outlined in the Model Bill of Rights. All Stamp-holders within the industry will be listed on the APAC website, advertising that they are aware of and abide by the Model Bill of Rights. As a way to foster professionalism and trust within the industry, APAC encourages performers to respect the Performer Code of Conduct and, for the same reasons, APAC also urges directors and producers to acknowledge their adherence to the Bill of Rights and request they be added to the list of APAC-approved companies. Repeated violations of the Bill of Rights will result in revocation of the Stamp and removal from the APAC site. A safe and professional work environment is a primary concern of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. Cultivating a safe and professional work environment is the responsibility of the entire industry. APAC looks forward to using this step as a foundation to bettering the adult film community. To be added to the list of APAC Stamp recipients, please contact APAC directly. ** What follows is the text of the APAC Model Bill of Rights: Prior to a shoot (At least a day prior): -I have the right to know the content of the shoot, the people I will be performing with, the expected shoot length, and the proposed pay. I am not required to perform acts not agreed upon prior to my arrival at work - Pressured negotiations and unexpected changes are not acceptable. -I have the right to decline, in a professional manner, to perform any professional requested sexual act I don’t feel comfortable with.! -I have the right to specify my preferred method of protection against STDs, knowing that studios may not comply and that accepting a scene is ultimately my decision. -I have the right to be heard when I have concerns or questions about any part of a scene or workday. -I have the right to not be pressured to perform sexual acts off camera at any time before, during, or after the shoot. During a shoot: -I have the right to be treated with respect as a hired professional at all times on set. -I have the right to studio-provided water on set. I also have the right to studio provided snacks if the shoot is expected to last up to 6 hours. If the shoot is expected to last more than 6 hours, a reasonable quality studio provided meal is recommended. -I have the right to request that my scene partner follow the same STI safety protocols that I am comfortable with. -I have the right to work only with performers that follow the safety protocols that I choose to follow for myself. -I have the right to set-provided lubricant, enemas, douches, baby wipes, and condoms (if applicable). -I have the right to decline or agree to any sexual act proposed to me, before or during a scene, even if I previously decided to decline or agree to said sexual act - I am aware that if the choice was previously expressed before the shoot day, then the producer/director has the right to cancel the scene if it does not coincide with their expectations. -I have the right to call off a scene if health problems arise that would put my fellow scene partner or others on set at risk. -I have the right to access of the on-set blood-borne pathogen plan or someone who is knowledgeable of the on-set blood-borne pathogen plan. -I have the right to vocalize any concerns about my health and safety on set and have all reasonable remedies carried out. -I have the right to stop the scene and check in with the director if I feel uncomfortable or distressed. After a shoot: -I have the right to be paid my agreed upon fees according to the company’s usual method of payment. -I have the right to not have to make repeated demands for payment, nor will I have payments unreasonably withheld from me. For more information about the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, contact [email protected]/* */ or (818) 927-2903.

 
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