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Letter Asks for Restitution for Victims of Child Pornography

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WASHINGTON– Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is among 44 colleagues showing support for a proposal to provide financial support to victims of child pornography, according to the Delaware Department of Justice.

The legislation is called the Amy and Vicky Child Pornography Victim Restitution Improvement Act of 2014.

The Del. DOJ says the attorneys general sent a letter Wednesday to committees in Congress calling for a vote.

“Victims of child pornography are constantly reminded of the abuse of their past, and there is no way to erase the photographs from the Internet or prevent them from being shared by others,” Biden and his colleagues wrote in their letter. This legislation “provides victims with meaningful restitution from multiple defendants who produce, distribute or possess images of child pornography, including those who have not been identified.”

DOJ officials say the legislation would permit full restitution to victims of child pornography to pay for resources they need including therapy, medical care, lost wages and other services.

“Providing timely and meaningful restitution will ensure that the growing number of victims can begin to rebuild their lives by fully recovering the financial losses caused by child pornography,” the Attorneys General wrote.

In April 2014, the U. S. Supreme Court in the Paroline v. United States case affirmed that victims of child pornography should get restitution, but defendants are only liable for their actions, not the conduct of others, according to the DOJ.

According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, cases prosecuted for possession, distribution, receipt, and transportation of child pornography increased from 624 cases in 2004 to over 2,000 cases in 2012.

The Del. DOJ says in 2007, Biden established the Delaware Child Predator Task Force. Since then, the task force's work has led to the conviction of more than 200 predators and the rescue of more than 100 children from abusive situations.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our kids,” Biden said. “The Child Predator Task Force puts prosecutors and police side by side to track down the worst of society and stop them from hurting any more children.”

The letter written by the attorneys general can be found HERE.

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