New Frontiers to Porn Law Reaction

Last week’s podcast story regarding Amy and her struggle gave me feelings of shock and disgust. It was horrifying to learn that Amy was a rape victim to her own family member. If that wasn’t terrible enough, her uncle then went on to post pictures or the rape online, which then caused those photos to be downloaded by many and distributed as child pornography for anyone to view and download as they please. Not only did Amy experience this assault she then had to further suffer and be reminded of the event since it was being disturbed online. Amy’s case should definitely fall under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Amy should not have had to struggle with all this courts date just to be able to get repaid for her physically and mentally damaging losses. The podcast demonstrates the struggles of this case. The issue to be solved is whether or not every viewer who has downloaded Amy’s image be forced to give restitution. Then once it is determined who gives restitution, the court must decide what is the price in which Amy should receive. This case is tricky because obviously it is sickening to think these people are downloading pornographic images of Amy as a young girl, but should they be forced to pay restitution for only downloading an image? If that is the solution then any person who is viewing and downloading pornographic child images should be accused and forced to give restitution. If this were to occur it would be very beneficial to those seeking peace and restitution and would cause a great decrease in the popular porn industry; however, whether or not every porn user is to blame for this particular case is the debate at hand. Overall, many may protest that every porn viewer shouldn’t have to pay restitution simply over downloading one photo, however I completely disagree and believe that the original person who posted the image as well as anyone how has viewed and downloaded the post should be held accountable. If this is the way our system worked then people like Amy would receive justice from events that they may never recover from. Since new media blurs the line of identity it makes it difficult for the accuser to find the cause of their problems and pin one person for the issue. This should not be the innocent’s problem to go around collecting small fees from each perpetrator. 

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