October 13, 2017

Amazon, Stop Turning a Blind Eye to the Sexual Harms You Promote

In the wake of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon Studio’s Chief Roy Price was suspended yesterday following allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him by a producer for Amazon Studios.

Corporate leaders create corporate culture. If the people at the top are engaging in sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, it is no surprise when the company’s ethos and policies reflect their harmful behavior.

Amazon is a target of our 2017 Dirty Dozen List for selling sexually exploitive items in several categories, from pimping and sex trafficking how-to manuals, to sexually graphic and degrading original Amazon Prime content, photography books featuring eroticized child nudity, and more. Amazon’s laissez fair attitude toward its sale of sexually exploitive materials is not happening in a vacuum.

Following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, more victims feel empowered to speak out against high-profile perpetrators of sexual abuse. But the cultural outcry shouldn’t end there. Today, we again are calling on Amazon’s leadership to stop turning a blind eye the role their services play in perpetuating sexual exploitation for the rest of the American people.

Powerful corporations need to be held accountable for the influence they have on society. Unfortunately, Amazon is responsible for perpetuating a culture of sexual exploitation. We offer to meet and work with Amazon to improve these policies, and we will continue to advocate for changes to their corporate ethos and policy.

Dawn Hawkins

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

Dawn Hawkins is a passionate abolitionist and defender of human rights who has dedicated her life to fighting against societal harms that threaten the dignity of others. Her energy, creativity and mobilization skills have revived the anti-pornography movement and her intentional emphasis on the intersectionality of forms of sexual exploitation has proven a unique and effective strategy for curbing them.

 

As Sr. Vice President and Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), Mrs. Hawkins has developed a global strategy uniting more than 300 women’s rights, conservative, child advocacy, medical professionals, law enforcement, and religious groups, including a bipartisan political leadership, to work together in raising awareness of the connections between all forms of sexual exploitation. Her initiatives have lead to sweeping policy changes of policies that foster exploitation for targets such as Google, Hilton Worldwide, Comcast, Walmart, and the Department of Defense. Through her leadership, NCOSE has grown a network reaching hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Mrs. Hawkins has appeared on many local and national television programs, including CNN, Fox & Friends, and Good Morning America. She regularly authors articles and speaks around the country addressing the public health harms of pornography, curbing demand for sex trafficking, protecting children and families in our digital world, and more.

 

Dawn regularly volunteers for organizations devoted to helping children and refugees. She is a graduate of Tufts University and currently resides with her husband and four children in Virginia.

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