New Frontiers to Porn Law Reaction

Listening to the podcast on the online child porn was very shocking. Besides the point that Amy’s uncle raped her at the age of eight, posting photos online was even more appalling! Seeing how online child porn is a multi-billion dollar industry, I would think the court system would be able to agree that the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 should apply to Amy’s case in order to receive restitution. The podcast posed two important questions: 1. Does every viewer of the online pictures owe Amy restitution? and 2. How do you assign value? As sickening as it is for all those perverts to have viewed Amy’s photos, I don’t believe all those who viewed the pictures owe Amy restitution. In this case I primarily blame her uncle and all those who initially post the photos. However, I do believe that if a law was implemented where all viewers of child porn would have to pay restitution if caught, that would create an incentive for fewer people to take part in these sites. The second question was trickier to answer. Enduring not only a rape but then having to deal with your photos online and then having to sue 700 people for restitution is hard to put value on. I’m not sure how Amy was able to calculate her total losses at $3.4 Million dollars. On one hand I would expect a whole lot more zeros for having endured such painful acts not to mention the psychological damage. On the other hand, no amount of money could erase the damage done in Amy’s life. In the event that a future law is created that includes online child pornography, guidelines would have to be extremely specific in determining how much someone is owed. This entire case shows just how far behind our government is in issuing laws to keep up with our technological advances.

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One thought on “New Frontiers to Porn Law Reaction

  1. I agree with your comment about Amy’s uncle having to be the one held responsible to face the consequences of his actions. It is difficult to really pinpoint everyone who viewed the photos of young Amy at such a vulnerable point in her life, but it is relatively simple to target her uncle as well as any individual who shared her photos. I find this whole situation to be messy; I mean just the fact that child porn even exists is really low. And as you said, no amount of money can really make things better for Amy. This unfortunately happened to her at such a young age, her childhood has been diminished, all the good in the world no longer exists for Amy. The fact that is was her uncle out of all people really gets me. Its completely twisted.

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