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How One Porn Company Is Reaffirming Consent In The Wake Of James Deen

"Remember, only yes means yes."
Kink.com has shared new policies for its performers following sexual assault allegations made against porn star James De
Kink.com has shared new policies for its performers following sexual assault allegations made against porn star James Deen.

After cutting ties with porn star James Deen following sexual assault accusations made against him, Kink.com has released new rules and guidelines for its performers.

Described as the "largest producer of BDSM and fetish pornography in the world" on its site, Kink.com has updated its policies after some of the accusations involved its headquarters in a San Francisco building known as the Armory. According to Vocativ, one of the changes that appears in a document titled "Model Rights and Responsibilities" specifies: "I understand that no one has a right to my body besides me, on-set or off. No one has the right to physical contact with me, on set or off, without my consent."

The company further emphasized the importance of consent in a document titled "Model Expected Behavior Guidelines." The first guideline reads:

"Consent is inviolable, on-set or off. On-set consent is not off-set consent. We do not tolerate any unwanted sexual conduct toward other models, employees, visitors or contractors in the Armory. Remember, only yes means yes."

Emphasis above included in original document.

Kink.com announced in November it would "cease all ties" with Deen. Spokesperson Michael Stabile told Vocativ the new policies were "spurred by the Deen allegations," but that they would be updated in the future as the company learns from its performers where to "strengthen protections."

“It was important to us that we begin to address at least some of the gray areas that came up last month, and to try to better encourage reporting," he said.

See the documents obtained by Vocativ below.

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