The Duke University freshman whose participation in porn movies sparked much campus discussion in recent weeks has revealed her photo and porn name on two websites.
“Today, I am choosing to reveal my porn identity to the world,” the student wrote on the www.xojane.com website. “My name is Belle Knox, and I wear my Scarlet Letter with pride.”
In another interview posted on Playboy magazine’s website, the student says she is performing in porn to pay her tuition at Duke.
“If Duke had given me the proper financial resources, I wouldn’t have done porn,” she said. “They have nobody to blame for the scandal but themselves.”
The student does not disclose her real name on either website, saying she has been bullied since news of her porn career became public last month.
“My birth name is one name,” she wrote on xojane. “IT IS MINE. It is the name I am enrolled in at Duke. It is what my family and friends call me. My porn name is another name. It is the name I use when I perform.”
This is the second story the student has written for the xojane website. In both, she says she is proud to perform in porn, and she takes to task another Duke student who she says revealed her identity on campus after seeing one of her movies.
She also talks about the disrespect that she says female “sex workers” face.
The Chronicle, the student newspaper at Duke, interviewed the student in February, giving her the pseudonym “Lauren” and the fake porn name “Aurora.”
Duke officials have said that they cannot comment on any student’s specific situation and that they are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of students.
Last week, Duke spokesman Keith Lawrence said Duke’s financial aid program meets 100 percent of students’ demonstrated need based on a review of family circumstances.
“Whenever we identify a student in need of support, we reach out to them and offer the many resources that we have available on campus to assist them,” Lawrence said.