Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP), written October 10, 2014
The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) was founded in 1996 as a non-profit organization supposedly dedicated to online child protection. ASACP claims to battle child pornography. ASACP suggests that people report child pornography to CP Reporting Hotline and guides parents and web builders to ASCAP’s own Restricted to Adults (RTA) label. http://www.asacp.org
ASACP admits to “foster communication and cooperation with the online adult industry.” In fact the president of ASACP is Michael H. Klein, President LFP Inc. Broadcasting/ Hustler.
ASCAP has adult industry sponsor listings that include: Epoch Payment Solutions, Adult Webmaster Empire, Southern-Charms.com, AdultCentro, Cherry Pimps, Sexsearch.com, Pimps Promo, Lion’s Den Adult Superstore, Porn.com, Fuckbook, Hustler, etc… For more info: http://www.asacp.org/index.php?content=sponsorlist
ASCAP also has porn stars as mouthpieces for them. One example is a video on their “Best Practices” webpage of Ron Jeremy, famous adult film star: http://www.asacp.org/index.php?content=best_practices
ASACP also claims to have sixteen “Awards and Partners” from and with US Congress and some Associations and Coalitions, most dating back to 2008: http://www.asacp.org/index.php?content=awards
Some listings include:
- S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Jane Harman signed an award presented to Joan Irvine of ASACP on July 16, 2008.
- Fourteen other Awards or Partnerships are with the State of California
- According to the Advisory Committee to The Congressional Internet, ASACP is a Trade Association Member of their Caucus: http://www.netcaucus.org/advisory/
ASACP has created their own Restricted To Adults (RTA) label to, “better enable parental filtering, to demonstrate the online adult industry’s commitment to helping parents prevent children from viewing age-inappropriate content”. ASACP’s RTA offers links to outside company parental controls for parental use. They also offers web designers their own RTA label to add to their websites. Seems more symbolic than anything.
ASACP states that they comprise two separate corporate entities, The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection and the ASACP Foundation. ASACP states that it is integral for them to have two separate organizations in order to do a broad range of work in “protecting children online”. ASACP is granted a 501 (c) (4) social welfare organization status. ASACP Foundation is granted a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization status. For more information to their main web page and scroll way to bottom where it says in fine print, “Learn more about these two components of ASACP”: http://www.asacp.org
It seems to me a conflict of interest for a sexploitation industry to monitor sexploitation of age appropriateness. It also seems to me to be a conflict of interest for ASACP to be recognized and granted membership onto any US Congressional committee or by any Congress person. It seems to me that ASACP should neither be granted social welfare, nor charitable organization status. According to their website, their copyright goes from 1996 – 2014.