As discussed in my last blog post, I was recently interviewed by two members of the National Center for Victims of Crime, because I have represented children who were the victims of child pornography. The Center is working on a project to determine how child victims of pornography can have their needs better met in the civil and criminal justice systems.
My three suggestions were:
Children who have been sexually exploited by adults need to have more trained therapists available to provide them with counseling. It is currently very difficult to find therapists with experience and training in this field. The therapists who are trained and experienced are extremely busy.
Children and adults who know that they are depicted in sexually explicit photographs and film need better access to information about when and how those images are circulated on the internet.
The public needs more information about the dynamics of how children fall prey to adults who sexually abuse and exploit them. This would help people become empowered to take action to protect children who are vulnerable to these crimes.
Copeley Law welcomes your suggestions also.