2 results for month: 08/2010


Child porn victims heard

But New York attorney James Marsh notes one of his clients, a young woman known only as Amy, has provided a statement "in well over 500 criminal cases."The statement "not only expresses the often-devastating effect of a crime on a victim, but in cases like child pornography -- where the victims are young and all but invisible to the court -- (it) really empowers a victim like Amy in what is otherwise seen as a so-called victimless crime."Amy's words, written at age 19, recount a life scarred by a family member's sexual abuse starting when she was 4. That experience "destroyed the normal childhood, teenage years and early adulthood that every ...

Online Viewer of Child Pornography Ordered to Pay Restitution to the Victim

A man caught with pornographic images of a girl being sexually abused by her uncle has been ordered to pay restitution of nearly $50,000 to the victim, even though the defendant was a viewer of illegal images collected from the Internet who has never met the uncle or the girl.Northern District of New York Judge Gary L. Sharpe decided that a mere "consumer" of child pornography is culpable to some degree for the emotional and psychological damage suffered by sex abuse victims under 18 U.S.C. §2259(b)(1), which allows awarding compensation for the "care required to address the long term effects of their [victims'] abuse."While federal courts, ...