STATEMENT: Overstock.com the Latest Company to Get out of Porn Business Amid Growing Public Health Concern

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Washington, DC –  Jonathan Johnson, the Chairman of the Board for Overstock.com, confirmed that Overstock.com has discontinued all sales of hardcore pornographic magazines and videos on its website. This change follows the growing trend of major corporations changing policies related to pornography due to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s Dirty Dozen List.

“Overstock.com has taken a tremendous stand against sexual exploitation by halting sales of hardcore pornographic magazines and videos on its website,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Corporate executives and government leaders are finally joining families and individuals around the country in recognizing the research that reveals pornography harms the brain, and is linked to increased sexual aggression, sexual dysfunction and to child exploitation among other ills. Inside sources have reported to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation that Overstock.com employees worked overnight to ensure the website was scrubbed of all hardcore pornography. NCOSE applauds Overstock.com for these efforts.”

“Overstock.com’s policy change is not the first of its kind,” Hawkins continued. “NCOSE’s Dirty Dozen List has led to increased scrutiny of corporate policies that might be facilitating sexual exploitation. In the last year alone, NOCSE has convinced four major hotel chains (Hyatt, Hilton, IHG, and Starwood) to remove on-demand pornography from guestrooms.”

Overstock.com’s competitor, Amazon.com, is currently listed on NCOSE’s 2016 Dirty Dozen List due to its distribution of pornography and sadomasochistic paraphernalia; its Kindle e-reader which exposes children to sexually explicit images and content with incest, rape, and child themes; and its Amazon Web Services, which is used to host pornography and prostitution websites.

The Numbers

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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