August 18, 2016

This Leading Virtual Reality Firm is Saying “No” to Porn

When virtual reality (VR) headsets started hitting the market a few years ago, the porn industry was ready.

Wasting no time, one of the largest porn sites launched a VR pornography section and began to give away thousands of headsets. All to attract its “customers” to the 360 degree, immersive, porn experience where the user feels like they are in the room with the performer.

With the impending boom of VR on the horizon, it looked like the porn industry was on the brink of a gold rush.

But then, THE VOID took a stand.

THE VOID is a virtual reality entertainment corporation that is quickly becoming a leader in the industry.

And they just made a public announcement that they will never support virtual reality porn.

The three founders of the VR company, Ken Bretschneider, Curtis Hickman, and James Jensen, contacted the anti-porn group Fight the New Drug to announce their commitment to keeping their VR space porn-free.

“I always say that I could have already been a billionaire if I wanted to because I’ve been approached about streaming porn a lot,” Jensen, THE VOID’s chief visionary officer, told Fight the New Drug, which is a member of the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation. “If it was about money and not about family or considering lives it would destroy, I could be a billionaire. For me, it’s a solid no every time.”

“I believe that those who create content have a responsibility to provide what society is looking for that isn’t detrimental to it and that’s what the challenge of being an artist is,” noted Hickman, the chief creative officer.

“We’ve got more than enough worlds to create that are based off telling stories and we thinkPornography does a lot of damage to society as a whole and I don’t want to be the author of something like that that’s what’s going to be engaging for people,” Bretschneider  said. “Our audience is looking for immersive experiences that include action, adventure, fantasy, horror, science-fiction, and more, and this is what we will deliver.”

“It’s the mission of THE VOID to create content that is in the promotion of good things. It’s about creating work that will benefit society. Pornography does a lot of damage to society as a whole and I don’t want to be the author of something like that,” added Hickman. “I challenge other VR groups to do the same thing. Just be very clear on where you stand and let the world know we’re going to do a lot of good with VR.”

You can thank THE VOID for its commitment to reject porn, and ask other companies to follow suit here:

[If you are not in the U.S. you can enter 00000 in the zip code region and select a random state to sign this petition.]

Haley Halverson

Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach

Haley Halverson is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Most notably, she promotes corporate social responsibility by constructing annual activism campaigns like the Dirty Dozen List, which names 12 mainstream private companies that facilitate sexual exploitation. Her advocacy work has contributed to instigating policy improvements in the native online advertising, retail, and hotel industries.

She is a member of the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect, September 2018-2019. This Committee advises DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on the multi-faceted continuum of the District of Columbia’s child welfare services, including prevention, early intervention, treatment, and sources of permanency.

Haley regularly speaks and writes on topics including child sexual abuse, sex trafficking, prostitution, sexual objectification, the exploitation of males, and more. She has presented before officials at the United Nations, as well as at several national symposia before influencers from the Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Croatian government officials. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts at Johns Hopkins University.

Previously, Haley served for two years as Director of Communications for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she oversaw strategic messaging development, press outreach, email marketing, and social media marketing.

Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley graduated from Hillsdale College (summa cum laude) with a double major, and conducted a senior thesis on the abolitionist argument regarding prostitution. During her studies, she studied abroad at Oxford University and established a background in policy research through several internships in the DC area.

Haley has appeared on, or been quoted in, several outlets including the New York Times, NBC’s The Today Show, BBC News, New York Post, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Fox News, the Washington Post, Yahoo News, Voice of America, Dr. Drew Midday Live, The DeMaio Report, the New York Daily News, the Washington Examiner, USA Radio Network, the Washington Times, CBC News, The Rod Arquette Show, The Detroit News, Lifezette, The Christian Post, Lifeline with Neil Boron, EWTN News Nightly, KCBS San Francisco Radio, LifeSiteNews, The Drew Mariano Show on Relevant Radio, News Talk KGVO, and American Family News.

She has written op-eds for the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, FoxNews.com, Townhall.com, Darling Magazine, the Daytona-Beach News Journal, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence.

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