The Price of a Stolen Childhood

Victims of child pornography seek restitution, sometimes from hundreds of separate cases:

“Marsh researched legal remedies for Amy. Combing through his casebooks, he found a provision in the Violence Against Women Act that he had never heard of before: it gave the victims of sex crimes, including child pornography, the right to restitution or compensation for the “full amount” of their losses. Enumerating what those losses could be, Congress listed psychiatric care, lost income and legal costs and concluded, ‘The issuance of a restitution order under this section is mandatory.’

“The provision for restitution, enacted in 1994, had yet to be invoked in a case of child-pornography possession. The basis for such a claim wasn’t necessarily self-evident: how could Amy prove that her ongoing trauma was the fault of any one man who looked at her pictures, instead of her uncle, who abused her and made the pornography?”

Published: Jan 24, 2013
Length: 31 minutes (7,952 words)
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