At the ages of 8 and 9, a woman described in court documents as Amy Unknown was raped by her uncle and forever turned into a pornographic image. Now, more than 15 years later, her pictures are among the most widely disseminated child pornography in the world. There is a global market for her images, and they have been implicated in thousands of cases worldwide.
Amy experiences re-victimization because her abuse is perpetual. Many of her images will never be recovered, and closure seems unlikely, if not impossible. In her own words: “Every day of my life I live in constant fear that someone will see my pictures and recognize me and that I will be humiliated all over again.”
The Violence Against Women Act, passed in 1994, entitles Amy to recover the costs of her medical services, lost income, attorney’s fees and the like.… Seguir leyendo »