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xHamster establishes ‘Brock Turner rule,’ banning pornography depicting rape

Could other sites follow suit?


April Siese


Posted on Jun 10, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 3:23 pm CDT

An outpouring of support has emerged for the victim of the Stanford rape case. Countless public figures have championed her brave courtroom letter, including Vice President Joe Biden, who wrote a letter of his own to the victim.

Many are taking unconventional ways to protest the former Stanford student who committed this crime. Convicted rapist Brock Turner has been hexed by witches. Now, a prominent porn website is taking a stand and evoking Turner’s name—and for good reason.

xHamster has invoked a website-wide ordinance that bans all pornography depicting rape from being uploaded on its website. Dubbed the “Brock Turner rule,” the rule bans rape porn and uploads of such scenes. 

Users searching for the word “rape” won’t see a single result. Instead, users will see this message: “If you are searching for this category, probably it’s time you consulted with a professional psychologist.” They’ll then be redirected to the mental health outreach website 7cups.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, xHamster spokesman Alex Hawkins stated the company was “shocked and appalled by the miscarriage of justice that transpired in the Brock Turner trial.” The site simply had to do something.

“Our size and influence in the online adult world has proven to be a force for change, and we want to use it not only for the advancement of transgender rights but to end rape culture for good,” Hawkins said.

It’s unclear if other online porn hotspots will follow suit, though policies for similar sites may have already been quietly enacted. As of this writing, a search of “rape” on the website Pornhub yields no results.

H/T Huffington Post

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*First Published: Jun 10, 2016, 7:07 pm CDT