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Porn ruling ‘heartening,’ says attorney

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Tuesday, October 09, 2012

The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down a decision related to the use of child porn, in which a victim has won millions of dollars in damages.

Legal 2Two men from Texas and Louisiana owe restitution to a woman sexually abused as a youth by her uncle who distributed photos of the molestation. Last week, both men pleaded guilty to charges of possessing images of her as a child.

The Fifth Circuit ruled victims do not have to show a direct link between their injuries and people viewing images of the abuse to claim and receive damages.  Jeff Anderson, an attorney with Anderson Advocates, believes the decision is an important one.

"So I think it's an important decision that reflects the magnitude of harm done when a child's image is recorded and viewed -- and when viewed, that child's dignity, that child's spirit, that child's image is violated every single time," says Anderson.

Anderson says this type of case represents a continuing change in addressing the damage.

"It's heartening to know that the courts are now reflecting in their decisions the heart of every parent whose child has been used or misused, the indelible harm that's done to the soul and the spirit of that child," the attorney comments.

In addition, he believes the case should further alert parents "to the danger that lurks on the Internet and the exploitation of the children and the harm done to them."

According to news reports, the woman has been awarded restitution amounts randing from $100 to $3.5 million in more than 170 separate cases. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had discovered more than 35,000 images of her in more than 3,200 child porn cases over the last 14 years.


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