As we reported in our last E-Update, on April 23 the Supreme Court decided Paroline v. U.S., a case concerning our client Amy, whose sexual abuse as a young girl was recorded, and whose images continue to be widely traded on the Internet 15 years later. The Supreme Court interpreted the federal child pornography restitution statute in a way that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for victims like Amy to obtain full compensation for the grave psychological injury they suffer.
As we told you in our E-Update, we are seeking a legislative fix from Congress, so that victims of child sexual abuse can have a fair, adequate and effective remedy. We are thus pleased to report that today, several Senators, both Republican and Democrat, have introduced the “Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act.” The bill, which we helped write, provides the fix needed.
We urge all Senators and Congressmen from both sides of the aisle to work with Senators Hatch and Schumer, and other sponsors of the bill, to bring about its swift passage. Here is (i) the bill; (ii) Senator Hatch’s statement before the United States Senate on introduction of the bill; (iii) a recent Washington Post Editorial entitled “Congress needs to act to allow victims of child sex abuse to recover restitution" and (iv) a Letter by Amy in support of the bill.
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