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June 01, 2016

ASACP Announces June 2016 Featured Sponsors

LOS ANGELES—As it does every month, the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection has announced its featured sponsors for June 2016. “The association’s Sponsor Recognition Program honors those companies that have demonstrated a commitment to child protection that sets an example for their fellow businesses to follow,” said ASACP Executive Director Tim Henning. “By doing so, these companies demonstrate to legislators and others that the adult industry is made up of a cadre of caring professionals and legitimate businesses set on doing the right thing.” To help its supporters protect children, ASACP offers market specific Best Practices and a universal Code of Ethics that provides online businesses with basic guidance, while its Restricted To Adults (RTA) website meta label helps prevent a minor’s access to adult-oriented websites and mobile apps. This combination of education, information and tools is coupled with the association’s internationally recognized Child Exploitation Hotline, which has processed more than one million reports since its inception, and which has an enviable record of success in combating illegal sites. Honoring this month’s Featured Sponsors, ASACP recognizes MindGeek, Southern Charms and The European Summit.   MindGeek An ASACP Platinum Sponsor that has generously supported the association since 2011, MindGeek serves as an example of how today’s top-tier digital media companies are committed to the cause of online child protection, with MindGeek Vice President Catherine Dunn explaining that the protection of children in the digital age is a paramount concern for everyone involved. “Families, guardians and business leaders all share a responsibility in ensuring children are not exposed to inappropriate content online,” Dunn said. “Everyone has a role to play, and we do our part by ensuring that age verification tools are an integral part of MindGeek’s extensive portfolio of industry-leading websites as legally required, so that only those who should enjoy our sites are able to.” MindGeek’s support of ASACP illustrates how proactive corporate responsibility is the hallmark of today’s legitimate adult entertainment industry and provides a worthy example for other companies to follow in the ongoing fight to protect their businesses by protecting children.   Southern Charms Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and a valued ASACP Title Sponsor since 2003, amateur porn powerhouse Southern Charms is one of the world’s largest sites, providing women over the age of 18 with an opportunity to have their own website. Accessible to adults only, Southern Charms takes pride in being a clean website that offers licensed, age-verified models with model releases on file for each depicted performer. “You will not find any obscene material [or any underage models] at all on Southern Charms. You will only find clean adult amateur fun,” explained a company rep. “Please rest assured that if someone communicates to us that they are interested in underage pictures of models, we will report it to the appropriate authorities immediately.” In addition to its support of ASACP, Southern Charms backs up its business philosophy by making use of RTA labeling and a clean warning page, as well as by securing explicit content within its premium members’ area.   The European Summit An ASACP Corporate Sponsor since 2010, The European Summit hosts one of Europe’s leading B2B conferences for the online entertainment industries, bringing together top representatives from the affiliate, billing, casual dating, domain name, mobile technology, website and traffic service arenas, in a comfortable setting that is conducive to exchanging ideas and information. While The European Summit does not manufacture or market adult content, it does attract many operators in this space, making it a prime venue for ASACP to deliver its message of the need to keep children out of and away from adult entertainment. As a show of its support, TES provides a high level of hospitality to the association, including numerous fundraisers and complimentary event amenities, illustrating the range of opportunities beyond direct financial support that companies have when it comes to helping ASACP. “Having a young son myself,” said TES organizer Andreas Bischoff, “I understand the importance of protecting children online and the value of supporting organizations such as ASACP.” The personal nature of this commitment provides another example of how the adult industry and its service providers fight child exploitation simply because it is the right thing to do.   “The generosity of all of our sponsors, members, and contributors, make our non-profit operation possible, and fuel the continued success of our efforts,” Henning said. “As ASACP continues to cope with a declining budget and increased responsibilities, it is vital that we receive such industry support if we are to carry on our mission—with our Featured Sponsors leading the way.” For more information on how your company can do the right thing and help to protect itself by protecting children, email tim@asacp.org.

 
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