A bill named for two women whose childhood images were turned into heinous pornography was handily passed in the Senate on Wednesday.
The Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act was approved by a 98-0 vote.
The measure gives hope to victims that they will finally be able to win major compensation from any single person who illegally viewed, made or distributed their images.
Victims of child pornography and other sexual exploitation “ought to have access to full restitution from any single perpetrator for their losses,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.
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The bill is in response to a 2014 Supreme Court case that essentially ruled in favor of a man convicted for viewing child pornography. The court decided that even though the man had clearly harmed the victim, he was only a small part of the overall harm suffered and couldn’t be responsible for paying the victim's full damages.
That decision put the burden on victims to seek out each individual offender in order to receive full damages for their harm.
Hatch’s bill would ensure that courts take a holistic view of a victim’s losses, including medical services, therapy, rehabilitation, transportation, child care and lost income. If only one ...