I have been alluding to this post for a week or so now and truth is, it has been a long time coming. Over a year ago a friend of mine responded to the announcement of a new Executive Director, his response was that I should look into it because it is even more ineffective than the Free Speech Coalition, I didn’t believe that was even possible.
I am talking about ASACP That stands for The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection. OK first off it’s a horrible name the word “advocating” should NEVER EVER be used in a name associated in any way with child pornography, even if the purpose is protecting children.
I am honestly surprised that ASCAP hasn’t sued for trademark dilution. The name isn’t different enough but then who wants to pick on an organization that protects children right?
Well lets talk about that.
Here is what ASACP does NOT want you to report: (from their own site)
Do not report P2P (Peer to Peer) or Bit Torrent.
Do not report Newsgroups or Usenet groups (i.e. URL contains “alt.binaries” or similar titles).
Do not report Chat boards or Instant Messages.
Do not report Message boards.
Do not report Web communities (i.e. Yahoo, MSN, AOL, Lycos, etc.)
Do not report email addresses.
Do not email ASACP suspected child exploitation images.
So right off the bat they re only interested in protecting children if they fall into a VERY narrow group, This is the list of things that they WANT you to report (agaon from their own site)
Please report ONLY websites.
That’s it? are you scratching your head saying what the fuck?….So am I.
Investigates reports and determine the ownership of suspected CE sites and forwards Red Flag reports to international government agencies and associations including the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as well as International Tiplines.
I contacted The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and no one I spoke with could find any partner organization by the name ASACP.
The tip I got a year ago pointed out that ASACP has been in progress for more than ten years and I was told to ask how many child porn convictions have happened as a result of reports made to ASACP. When I asked people at ASACP this question I got NO responses, not even when I asked in an open forum like GFY, A forum I know that Alec Helmy reads. Helmy is the head of ASACP. I bet you aren’t surprised to learn that the answer…is none. I could not find one single incident or one single person who said that ASACP had provided information that resulted in a single child porn case.
So what exactly does ASACP do with the hundreds of dollars that each sponsor pays to be a sponsor? Your guess is as good as mine….It’s easy to support an organization that protects children, it makes us feel good, like we are doing something, but the truth is it’s all just window dressing….As the little old lady in the old Wendys ad said..”Where’s the beef?” It is not fair to the people who support ASACP or the people in this biz who believe that ASACP is actually doing anything other than paying salaries.
The problem with porn is that we tend to say well it may not be perfect but we are trying, it’s ours…I have heard that a MILLION fucking times in regard to The Free Speech Coalition. People I believe that we can do better, we shouldn’t excuse poor performance just because they are one of us…and if I was one of them I would want my peers to be proud of what we do, not ashamed. We should hold ourselves to higher standard.
To me ASACP is an embarrassment I think we should clean it up or defund it, plain and simple. If we can’t do any better than this we should stick to sucking cock…