What We Do and How We Do It

Tim Henning

ASACP educates members, the online adult entertainment industry, international government policy makers, and the public about online child safety, child exploitation, and the efforts of the online adult entertainment industry to battle child sexual abuse and be proactive with internet child safety issues.

Since 1996 we have provided an online hotline for web surfers and webmasters to report suspected child pornography. ASACP then investigates reports and determines the ownership of suspected CP sites and forwards Red Flag reports to international government agencies and associations including the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as well as International Hotlines. ASACP also notifies ISPs and payment processors when their hosting and billing services are hijacked by CP operators.

ASACP is the only organization that bridges the necessity of online child safety issues with the needs of legitimate adult entertainment business owners and the noted concerns of international regulators and lawmakers.

Since 2004 the child exploitation hotline has processed more than 600,000 reports and in 2010 released a report that dissected five years of its most recent data from its Child Pornography Reporting Hotline. One of the conclusions of this paper proves that the adult entertainment industry is not involved with child pornography. This report was submitted to, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Online Safety Technology Workgroup and was referenced in their final report as well as several other relevant stakeholders in government and policy circles. In 2011 ASACP continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology by introducing new approaches to better isolate and investigate the highest of priority reports.

In 2006, ASACP Created the award winning RTA (“Restricted to Adults”) label to better enable parental filtering, and to demonstrate the online adult industry’s commitment to helping parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate content. Today millions of adult websites use RTA — accounting for the bulk of professional sites. There are more than 20 billion monthly hits to pages labeled with RTA, demonstrating that the majority of adult entertainment sites have self-labeled. For its dedication and efforts, ASACP and its RTA Labeling initiative have received widespread support from business leaders and trade associations, governments and civic organizations.

Since the creation of RTA, ASACP has introduced the RTA plugin for Wordpress, the RTA Label for mobile platforms and written a paper entitled the RTA Labeling Website Progress Report (http://rtalabel.org/rtapaper/rta-label-paper-final.pdf) to demonstrate the online adult entertainment industries commitment to online child safety issues. Most recently ASACP has released the RTA Parental Controls for Android APPs system which consists of both a labeling system for mobile applications and a filter which can be utilized by parents to prevent their child from viewing age-restricted mobile applications. This technology was granted a provisional patent and it is currently being developed for multiple mobile platforms.

ASACP continues to vigorously reach out to government and policy makers by responding to the socalled “War on Pornography” being tim henning waged by special interest groups demanding the censorship of Constitutionally-protected speech, ASACP recently penned a letter to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. and state Attorneys General, offering a counterpoint to the organized antiporn phone-in and letter-writing campaign. This was seen as a necessity, since many of the claims being made in this bogus “war” surround the involvement of children in commercial adult entertainment — claims that ASACP has been consistently able to refute, based upon its ongoing research and child exploitation hotline reports.

Further bolstering these outreach efforts, ASACP participated in the 2011 State of the Mobile Net Conference in Washington. Providing a fair and balanced forum for Internet-policy development, this conference is hosted by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee (ICAC) and allowed ASACP to interact with governmental agencies and advisors, as well as a variety of mainstream powerhouses, including event sponsors Comcast, Google, Microsoft and VeriSign, among others.

And most recently ASACP penned a letter to the U.S. Congress, protesting its erroneous use of the phrase “Internet Pornographers” in new legislation targeting sex crimes against children. H.R. 1981, the Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011, seeks to tie the online adult entertainment industry with the heinous crime of child sexual abuse — providing stiff penalties for criminals, but falsely equating legitimate businesses with illegal enterprises. Given the inaccurate portrayal of the adult entertainment industry within the title of this legislation ASACP had no alternative but to respond with facts to counter this falsity.

ASACP is the only organization that bridges the necessity of online child safety issues with the needs of legitimate adult entertainment business owners and the noted concerns of international regulators and lawmakers — an effort which is made possible by the sponsorships, membership fees and donations that the association receives from decision makers like you — and an effort which reaps continued rewards for all stakeholders. ASACP is currently and aggressively expanding its international presence and needs your support to help us accomplish these challenging but necessary goals.

To learn more about how you can become involved visit ASACP.org. It’s the right thing to do and you’ll be protecting your business by protecting children.

ASACP is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) Social Welfare Organization. The ASACP Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.