LOS ANGELES — The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) has announced its featured sponsors for November.
ASACP Executive Director Tim Henning said that the featured sponsors exemplify proactive corporate responsibility and ethical operation in the adult industry.
“Today’s adult entertainment, digital content and mobile media industries are composed of caring professionals and legitimate businesses,” Henning said. “Honoring the association’s featured sponsors highlights those companies making a tangible commitment to child protection. We hope that other companies will follow their example in taking a stand in keeping children out of and away from adult entertainment by sponsoring ASACP.”
ASACP said that its internationally recognized Child Exploitation Tipline has “processed more than one million CP reports since its inception,” while its free educational and informational resources and tools for digital media companies provide market-specific best practices guidelines and a universal code of ethics for businesses, app and website operators.
According to ASACP, its Restricted To Adults (RTA) meta label “aids parents by helping prevent children’s access to adult-oriented websites and mobile apps, and is provided to all site and app publishers free of charge thanks to the generosity of the nonprofit association’s sponsors.”
ASACP’s featured sponsors for November are XBIZ, AVN Media Network and Cybersocket.
ASACP described XBIZ as “a founding platinum sponsor since 2002,” adding, “XBIZ has had a long relationship with ASACP, with both organizations founded by adult entrepreneur Alec Helmy.”
ASACP said, “According to XBIZ, it is the adult entertainment industry’s leading publisher of business news and information, providing up-to-the-minute coverage of the industry at XBIZ.com and in three trade publications — XBIZ World for the digital media market, XBIZ Premiere for the retail market and XBIZ Sensuals for the intimate products market. In addition, XBIZ hosts multiple annual events, including the red-carpet gala XBIZ Awards. Frequently cited in the media’s coverage of the industry, XBIZ is featured in CNN, Fox News, Newsweek, MSNBC, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, CNET, ABC, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times, among others.”
“Although it is an industry news portal,” ASACP said, “the XBIZ.com website sets a responsible example for the adult industry by using the RTA tag to prevent minors from accessing it. The company has also extended its generosity to the association by supporting ASACP’s attendance at its events.”
The AVN Media Network, a platinum ASACP sponsor since 2002, “has a long history of support for ASACP and its mission,” ASACP said.
“AVN protects children from accessing the adult-oriented material on its websites by utilizing RTA labeling as a proactive and protective measure,” ASACP said. “AVN has also been very generous to the association financially and through material support, extending its hospitality at AVN events, such as providing advertising services and underwriting hotel accommodations, among other niceties that have helped the association carry on its mission — including providing advice and assistance through its participation on the association’s advisory council."
Cybersocket, an ASACP corporate sponsor since 2003, “targets the LGBT community by producing the nation’s largest freely distributed gay magazine as well as the Gay Pornucopia blog, a comprehensive search engine, and the gay webmaster chat board, TheGayBoard.com. The company also hosts the annual Cybersocket Web Awards, honoring the finest gay online services.”
ASACP said, “An industry leader, Cybersocket provides a powerful example of keeping children out of and away from adult-oriented material, in part by using the Restricted To Adults (RTA) meta-label on its website.”
Cybersocket’s Morgan Sommer said, “My business partner and I have been big fans of the work ASACP does from its beginning, and for a number of years, I was able to be on its advisory panel. I know the real world work that ASACP does in the realm of child protection — that it is necessary, and most of which goes unseen and unpublicized.”
ASACP said, “While XBIZ, AVN and Cybersocket operate on the periphery of adult entertainment, they each share a common goal of protecting children online and in their daily digital lives.”
“ASACP relies on the generosity of its sponsors, members, and contributors, to carry on its mission, and needs everyone who is concerned with child safety to step up and pitch in,” Henning said. “There are many reputable companies within the industry that have not yet shown the will to stand up in this fight, and now is the time for them to join their peers is supporting ASACP and its ongoing battle for the protection of children — and the industry.”
Founded in 1996, ASACP is a non-profit organization dedicated to online child protection.
To become an ASACP sponsor, or for more information on child protection online, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.