The Price of a Stolen Childhood

I was forwarded the following article today and had to share it.

The Price of a Stolen Childhood

I highly recommend you read this article in its entirety (it is long, so give yourself some time). It hits the issue of childhood sexual abuse and pornography right on the head. (I may be a little bias because I personally know survivors of childhood sexual abuse and have walked alongside them at different parts of their journey. This article hits home for me.)

“The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a database of more than 5,000 child-pornography victims. The center estimates that 12 percent of them have had their photos distributed across the Internet.”

A few quotes that I think are powerful:

“It seems to me that we’re in this brave new world, where not only was there an actual rape, but I’m going to suggest to you there is a continuing digitized rape,” the judge said. “Possession of the digitized recording of the rape contributes to the system, contributes to the economic benefit of those who produced this thing.”

“Ultimately, while the imposition of full restitution may appear harsh, it is not grossly disproportionate to the crime of receiving and possessing child pornography,” Judge Garza wrote for the court. “Defendants collectively create the demand that fuels the creation of the abusive images.”

“For Amy, Supreme Court review is a heady prospect. “If I win, that will set everything up for other people like me, and that would be so amazing,” she said. “I don’t even think there are words for it. To help people know that they’re not powerless, that would be such a good feeling.”

Read, learn, share, fight.