APAC Statement on the Passing of August Ames

Dec 6, 2017 | Statements

December 6, 2017—Los Angeles—Our heart, tears, and love go out to August and her entire family. No words can describe how devastated our entire community is. August is remembered as a kind and strong presence by her community and will be greatly missed. The type of bullying and harassment that August endured is common within this business, and as an industry, we need to break from this damaging pattern. August is among other performers the adult film industry has tragically lost. We need to unite and pull together in light of this tragedy and practice compassion, consideration, and mindfulness toward our differences.

APAC urges performers in need of support to check in with friends and family and seek out therapy and counseling. APAC is continually working on action plans for the community to grow in our unity and interpersonal support and work against the negative manifestations of the stigma that impacts us all. We remind performers to take time and space for themselves to cope with this loss, as well as give respect to the family and friends of August in their wish to have this remain a private family matter. Our condolences and support go out to the adult performer community. We are here for you. We encourage performers not to hesitate to reach out to APAC for support, resources, and community.

Stay strong and make sure you take care of yourself first.

The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.