In response to a recent Supreme Court decision that left the restitution process for victims of child pornography incomplete; I joined with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) this week to introduce the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act. This bill creates an effective, balanced restitution process for victims of child pornography.
This bill responds to the Supreme Court’s decision in Paroline v. United States. “Amy” and “Vicky” are the victims in two of the most-widely distributed child pornography series in the world.
Victims of child pornography suffer a unique kind of harm and deserve a unique restitution process, and the Amy and Vicky Act is that solution. In the Paroline decision, the Supreme Court made it clear that the ball was in Congress’ court in order to give child pornography victims the tools necessary to seek restitution from those responsible for perpetuating this heinous crime. I am proud to have the support of Amy, Vicky, and so many individuals and organizations who seek to work with me and other supporters of this bill to strengthen the voice of child pornography victims.
The Amy and Vicky Act does three things to reflect the nature of child pornography crimes:
- It considers the total harm to the victim, including from individuals who may not yet have been identified;
- It requires real and timely restitution; and
- It allows defendants who have contributed to the same victim’s harm to spread the restitution cost among themselves.
If you would like to know more about this important legislation, a one-page summary of the legislation can be found here, and the bill text can be found here. In addition if you would like to read letters of support from Amy or from Vicky, please click on their names.
Child pornography is a crime that unfortunately damages too many families across our country, and I will continue to do everything in my power to seek to redress the dangerous fall-out from these crimes.
Thank you for your interest.
P. S. Below is a round-up of some additional press statements from this week you may be interested in. Just click the links below.
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