Statement: James Deen is Not an Anomaly: Porn Perpetuates Rape Culture

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James Deen is Not an Anomaly: Porn Perpetuates Rape Culture

Statement by Haley Halverson, NCOSE Director of Communications


 Washington, DC – James Deen, a popular porn performer, is facing mounting accusations of rape and sexual assault, and Kink, a porn company for which Deen formerly worked, is being accused of unsafe working conditions. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) asserts that the links between sexual violence and pornography are prolific and inherent to the industry.

“Pornography, by nature, perpetuates rape culture,” said Haley Halverson, NCOSE Director of Communications. “Not only do those used in pornography often experience violence and exploitation, but also research has shown that consumers of pornography have greater acceptance for violence against women and greater likelihood of committing certain sexual crimes. While it may be tempting for the public to treat the accusations against James Deen as an anomalous scandal, it is vitally important that the underlying problem of pornography be acknowledged. The vast majority of popular porn contains violence, and we cannot expect people to watch, or participate in filming, sexual assault over and over again and to then not be affected.”

To learn more about the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and about the public health crisis of pornography, visit: https://endsexualexploitation.org

If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact Haley Halverson at (202) 393-7245 or [email protected]

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