WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Sens. Charles Schumer (D - New York) and Orrin Hatch (R - Utah) announced the passage of the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act in the senate.
“In the wake of the Supreme Court decision in Paroline, the victims of child pornography were placed in an unfair and tragic predicament: the more photos and offenders there are in a given place, the more difficult it is for the victim to recover from the trauma and to seek damages," Schumer said in a statement. "Victims of child pornography experience significant trauma, our laws shouldn’t add to that pain by making it more difficult to get the restitution that they deserve. Each victim deserves full and fair restitution, and this legislation will help them achieve exactly that.”
The Amy and Vicky Act does three things that 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
- It allows defendants who have contributed to the same victim’s harm to spread the restitution cost among themselves.
The senators today both urged the House to quickly follow suit and get the legislation to the President’s desk.
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