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Call on @Discovercard to pull its support for @PornHub, which continues to support rapists by allowing uploads without written proof of consent and age. #fem2 #metoo

Bottom line up front: contact DiscoverCard here and ask them to pull their support from PornHub, which continues to allow child abuse and rape on their site.

If you’re hesitant, I’d like you to take some time to read about Rose Kalemba. She was raped at 14, and her assaulters thought it was such a great time that they uploaded it to PornHub for millions of other people to take advantage of. PornHub does not make it difficult to become a verified user, and does not require any kind of proof of consent or age from people in videos before they are uploaded. Even after PornHub was aware of the situation, they refused to take action for a long time.

And after Rose finally won her battle to get her rape removed from PornHub, she was personally attacked by people within the industry, who even went so far as to kill her cat.

This is one of those cases where you can’t argue the facts. The evidence is there–the monsters uploaded it themselves. Meanwhile, all that matters to PornHub is the bottom line: their CEO actually even recently tweeted “yo where my pedophiles at,” making light of and even celebrating the suffering abusers cause. They’re never going to require signed proof of consent without significant international pressure.

Fortunately, as you’ll read in the bulletin by Feminists For Life below, most major credit card companies, and Paypal, have pulled their support for PornHub. This leaves DiscoverCard to make millions of dollars off human suffering on its own.

This is the message I sent in my chat to Discover:

“Hello there. This is a note to request that Discover pull its support from PornHub, which has been complicit in child abuse and rape. I am specifically concerned about how the case of Rose Kalemba was handled, in which she was repeatedly raped as a minor, and demanded that the video celebrating her rape be taken down, and Pornhub refused for months, and then sent people to harass her online, even killing her cat. AmEx, Paypal, and various other financial institutions have pulled their support for PornHub and no longer accept PornHub charges. When is DiscoverCard going to follow suit?”

They were really polite and responsive, and sent on my concern to another level. I mentioned that I will only be interested in opening a DiscoverCard account when this problem is dealt with, subtly demonstrating that with enough publicity this could be an issue for their bottom line.

Imagine if their chat lines are flooded with concerned people?

From Feminists for Life:

Pornhub attracts 3.5 billion visits a month. According to The New York Times, the site “is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags. A search for ‘girls under18′ (no space) or ’14yo’ leads in each case to more than 100,000 videos. Most aren’t of children being assaulted, but too many are.”
The author continues, “I came across many videos on Pornhub that were recordings of assaults on unconscious women and girls. The rapists would open the eyelids of the victims and touch their eyeballs to show that they were nonresponsive.
“Pornhub profited this fall from a video of a naked woman being tortured by a gang of men in China. It is monetizing video compilations with titles like ‘Screaming Teen,’ ‘Degraded Teen’ and ‘Extreme Choking.’ Look at a choking video and it may suggest also searching for ‘She Can’t Breathe’….
“Executives of Pornhub appear in the past to have assumed that they enjoyed immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects internet platforms on which members of the public post content.”
Twenty members of the Canadian Parliament have called on their government to crack down on Pornhub, which is effectively based in Montreal, in addition to Sen. Sasse’s call for a federal investigation here in the United States.
There is a victory, however, to report. On Friday, as we were writing this call to action, both Mastercard and Visa announced that they have officially terminated the use of their cards on Pornhub. The companies join PayPal, which divested from the site last year, and American Express, whose company policy prohibits the card from being used on “digital adult content websites.”
This leaves Discover as the sole major credit card available on Pornhub.
TAKE ACTION TODAY: Contact Discover (especially if you are a cardholder), and contact your representative and senators to tell them to support investigating Pornhub.
In addition, if you and/or someone you know is in danger of being trafficked, please know that there are resources.
Women Deserve Better Expert Joyce McCauley-Benner’s article, “How to Get Help If You Are Being Trafficked,” is one of the more than 230 articles on WomenDeserveBetter.com designed to help women WORK, LEARN, LIVE, and LOVE better. There is hope, and there is help.
Because women deserve better.