Nonprofits Pineapple Support, ASACP Pledge Mutual Assistance

Two of the industry’s most vital nonprofit services, performer mental health resource Pineapple Support and the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP), have pledged to advance each others missions wherever possible, through the exchange of resources, contacts and other actions to further each group’s success.

“After meeting with Tim Henning of ASACP in Phoenix, we spoke about the various ways that the two organizations could support each others goals,” said Leya Tanit, founder of Pineapple Support. “We are both strongly aware of the interconnected nature of abuse, exploitation and mental illness and are now working to find ways to amplify each others voice and reach.”

Tanit launched Pineapple Support in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. In its first year, Pineapple Support connected more than 100 adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost professional therapy, counseling and emotional support by sex-positive, sex-worker friendly therapists.

Pineapple Support provides 24/7 free anonymous online emotional support through its online chat platform manned by trained volunteer listeners. In addition to offering direct services, Pineapple Support aspires to end the stigma associated with mental health and sex work on a larger more societal level.

Formed in 1996 as a way to protect children from adult content and to fight and report online child exploitation, ASACP has earned an enviable level of respect from the adult industry’s leading companies, with its CP Tipline processing more than 1 million reports since its inception, while its globally lauded Restricted To Adults (RTA) meta labeling system protects billions of webpages from access by minors.

“As the leading organization protecting against the exploitation of children, we are happy to have a partner like Pineapple Support,” ASACP Executive Director Tim Henning said. “Child exploitation has a lasting legacy that can lead to a lifetime of shame for its victims — shame that can grow into profound mental challenges that need compassion and understanding to address.”

To learn how your company can help protect itself by protecting children, click here or email tim@asacp.org.

To learn more about Pineapple Support, click here or email contact@pineapplesupport.org.

Pineapple Support Celebrates 1st Year, Highlights Achievements

Adult industry mental health resource Pineapple Support is celebrating its first anniversary this month and sharing numbers that tell a story of growth and achievement.

According to the org, since its founding in April 2018, it has connected nearly 130 adult performers to vital mental health resources, including providing more than 40 performers with free or subsidized therapy. More than double that number have used the nonprofit’s active listening service.

“Pineapple Support was born out of the urgent need to provide adult performers with stigma-free and sex-work-positive mental health services,” says Leya Tanit, founder and president of Pineapple Support. “We are so grateful that so many people have come together to begin building a true resource for the adult industry workers.”

Pineapple Support, a U.S.tax-deductible 501(c)3 nonprofit, has no salaried staff. Funds raised have gone to therapists and treatment, outreach and awareness, and professional, technical and administrative services.

The currently reported stats are:

  • Total Money Pledged: $87K
  • Number of Performers Treated: 127
  • Number of Therapy Sessions Subsidized: 400
  • Number of Therapists Recruited: 29
  • Number of Volunteers Trained: 133
  • Number of Sponsor Companies: 21
  • Number of Events Attended Globally: 11
  • Number of Therapists Contacted: 1,250

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in just a year, but the need is vast,” said Tanit. “Because of the stigma associated with sex work, adult performers are at much greater risk for depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other mental health issues, but have fewer avenues to judgement-free care. As an industry, we can change this, but we need everyone to come together.”

Pineapple Support was launched by Tanit, a performer herself, in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. Major adult companies have already stepped up to support the organization, including PornHub, ModelHub, xHamster, Kink.com, Clips4Sale, Gamma Films, Rabbits Reviews, WankzVR and others.

WankzVR Joins Pineapple Support as Silver Sponsor

Pineapple Support has announced that WankzVR has joined on as a sponsor at the Silver Level, helping to provide mental health resources for adult talent.

The VR site joins Rabbits Reviews, PornHub, ModelHub, xHamster, Kink.com, Clips4Sale, Gamma Films and other major adult companies in committing funds and resources to the organization.

Bradley Phillips of WankzVR explained that the company is “more than just a website,” stating that their “deep roots” in the industry have provided them with a unique perspective on the issues Pineapple Support is seeking to address. Phillips continued to say that in addition to “publishing the best virtual reality content for our fans,” the company is also committed to “improving the actual reality of all the people who work with us.”

Pineapple Support was launched in 2018 by British performer Leya Tanit, and has since connected over one hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support. The company recently gained official nonprofit status in the U.S., nearly a year to the day from the organization’s founding. 

“Our mission is very straight forward,” explained Tanit. “We want the people working in adult, whether they are in front of a camera or behind one — to feel safe, love, respected, cared for and secure. We are working diligently to reach out to performers, agents, studios, crew, webmasters and business owners to grow the shared sense of community that already exists and to make sure every participant is fully included. Our goal goes beyond preventing tragic deaths and extends forward toward a future where the adult industry becomes known globally as the safest, most intimate and most joyful segment of the economy.”

To learn more about WankzVR’s contributions to Pineapple Support, click here.

For more information, find Pineapple Support online and on Twitter.

Pineapple Support Secures 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status

LOS ANGELES — Pineapple Support has announced that it has secured 501(c) 3 nonprofit status in the U.S., nearly a year to the day from the organization’s founding.

The mental health resource for adult industry talent already has nonprofit status in the U.K.

“This is the most tremendous anniversary gift Pineapple Support could ask for,” said founder Leya Tanit. “This clears the way for many other people, companies and other organizations who want to support the organization as a charitable deduction.”

Pineapple Support was launched by Tanit in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. In its first year alone, Pineapple Support has connected more than one hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

Major adult companies have already stepped up to support the organization, including PornHub, ModelHub, xHamster, Kink.com, Clips4Sale, Gamma Films, Rabbits Reviews and more, and Tanit hopes the organization’s new nonprofit status will encourage more to give — and to give more.

“We’ve worked so hard to achieve nonprofit status,” Tanit said. “This opens up a new chapter for Pineapple Support, and will help us reach even more performers in the coming year. I thank everyone who has supported us so far, and all those who will now join them.”

For more information, click here.

Rabbits Reviews Joins Pineapple Support at the Bronze Level

LOS ANGELES — Pineapple Support has announced that Rabbits Reviews has joined on as a sponsor at the Bronze Level, helping provide mental health resources for adult talent. 

The Montreal-based company joins PornHub, ModelHub, xHamster, Kink.com, Clips4Sale, Gamma Films and other major adult companies in committing funds and resources to the organization.

“We are extremely pleased and honored to be able to support such an important cause for our industry,” said Mantas M., founder of Rabbits Reviews. “Throughout our tenure in the adult market, starting with Rabbits Reviews, The Best Porn and now with our cam initiatives, we have always strived to support the community through positivity, empathy, and honesty. Being part of the Pineapple Support family, we are proud to advocate for and support the de-stigmatisation of mental health in the adult industry.”

Pineapple Support was launched in 2018 by British performer Leya Tanit, and has since connected over one hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“We are grateful to Rabbits for their commitment to the mental health and well-being of adult industry workers,” said Tanit. “It’s been inspiring to work with them, and learn how their own corporate practices facilitate a better work-life balance for their employees. Their much-needed funds will help us raise awareness, develop new initiatives, and provide more services to adult performers.”

For more information, find Pineapple Support online and on Twitter.

Kink.com Joins Pineapple Support at the Silver Level

LOS ANGELES — Pineapple Support has announced that Kink.com has thrown its support behind the organization at the Silver Level to help provide mental health resources for adult performers.

Kink.com joins Gamma Entertainment, Pornhub, Modelhub, xHamster, Clips4Sale and other major adult companies in committing funds and resources to the organization.

The company will additionally provide Pineapple Support with design and marketing services.

“In a changing industry, it’s imperative that we support performers,” said Kink.com CEO Alison Boden. “In connecting performers to zero-cost, stigma-free mental health care, Pineapple Support helps create a more equitable, responsible and ethical workplace — and makes our industry stronger. We’re proud to do what we can to assist performers, the lifeblood of our industry.”

Pineapple Support was launched in 2018 by British performer Leya Tanit, and has connected over one hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“Kink.com has been an industry leader in its commitment to performer rights for over two decades,” said Tanit. “We thank them for their commitment and generous support. Thanks to them, we can support more performers and raise awareness about one of the most pressing issues in our community.”

Find Pineapple Support online and on Twitter.

In related news, the nonprofit recently hosted a free suicide prevention workshop for members of the adult industry; click here for details.