Bulletin Board v180

Boy Awarded $6.9 Million In Los Angeles Unified School District Sexual Abuse Case — A Los Angeles jury awarded a California boy $6.9 million in damages stemming from a sexual abuse case. The plaintiffs argued that the Los Angeles Unified School District had some responsibility for a Queen Anne Place Elementary School teacher, who allegedly sexually abusing the 10-year-old boy. The plaintiffs claimed the school district missed warning signs that indicated the teacher, Forrest Stobbe, was abusing the boy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Editorial: 8 Sandusky victims who testified changed nation in 2012 — Heroes often make their deeds appear easy when they are not. Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of abusing boys because eight of his victims had the courage to take the witness stand in June. They are heroes. What they did has changed not just Penn State, but the entire nation for the better. It was anything but an easy road to get Sandusky behind bars. The trial was followed with a media frenzy not seen since the O.J. Simpson trial in the 1990s. On top of that, the victims’ own communities were slow to support them.

Georgia prison rape video was real — The Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has concluded an investigation of a handful of videos showing torture of prisoners which sparked protests two weeks before the election in October, 2012. The videos were published September 19, and showed prisoners who were verbally, physically and sexually abused. One of the clips showed a prisoner being raped with a broom, and it was claimed by some that this scene was staged. But Chief Prosecutor Archil Kbilashvili on Tuesday said that according to their findings, the footage containing the scene with the broomstick had not been staged and consequently is not fake.

Public Helps Feds Bust ‘Jane Doe’ for Child Porn — Less than 24 hours after asking for the public’s help in identifying and arresting a “Jane Doe” suspected of producing child pornography, federal officials have arrested a suspect and rescued a child who was allegedly shown in an exploitative video. Corrine Danielle Motley of Okaloosa County, Florida faces federal charges for the production and distribution of child pornography. Motley, 25, was arrested late Wednesday evening by Northwest Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members and Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

Rideau Park School teacher accused of sex crimes has ‘loyal following’ — It began as a bad dream for parents: a letter home from school officials informing them that a much-loved Calgary teacher had been accused of sex crimes against a teenage student. A day after police charged a female Rideau Park School teacher with sexual assault and sexual interference, many parents say they are shocked by the allegations. But some are standing behind the teacher, who is in her 40s, calling her “excellent” and “talented,” and say no matter the outcome of the case, her good work should not be forgotten.

Some Thoughts on Forgiveness — A recent post at Kellevision entitled “To ‘Heal’ or not to ‘Heal’…” (excellent and well worth a read) has prompted me to share a few of my own thoughts on the subject of forgiveness. I think one of the worst double binds that abuse and trauma survivors face is the expectation that they should forgive someone, often a family member, who continues to treat them badly. Often the nature of the maltreatment has changed from childhood to adulthood.

Tracking decades of allegations in the Boy Scouts — This data­base con­tains in­form­a­tion on about 5,000 men and a hand­ful of wo­men who were ex­pelled from the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica between 1947 and Janu­ary 2005 on sus­pi­cion of sexu­al ab­use. The dots on the map in­dic­ate the loc­a­tion of troops con­nec­ted in some way to the ac­cused. The timeline be­low shows the volume of cases opened by year; however, an un­known num­ber of files were purged by the Scouts pri­or to the early 1990s.

Twitter accounts with child abuse images closed — Several private Twitter accounts have been disabled after they were revealed to contain indecent images of children. Some hacking groups are claiming to have unmasked them, the NSPCC said. Members of the public have reported the accounts to Greater Manchester Police and North Yorkshire Police, while Ceop – the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre – says it is “aware”. The NSPCC asked people to “be vigilant” and report such suspicious activity.

Victims of child pornography seek restitution from men who downloaded and traded horrific images — The woman, now in her twenties, lives in relative anonymity on the West Coast, but to child pornography collectors worldwide she will always be known as “Vicky,” a little girl raped by her father in a series of videos illegally disseminated online thousands of times during more than a decade. Now the woman and a small but growing number of other child pornography victims are seeking restitution from those who collected or traded pictures and videos depicting their abuse, filing claims for damages against convicted child pornographers in Massachusetts and around the country.

4 thoughts on “Bulletin Board v180

  1. I dunno if it’s such a good idea for the restitution part for the viewers. Would it apply to adult videos leaked too that cause pain n suffering or only videos where a participant is not able to consent? What about the bully videos, where people are humiliated n hurt by their experiences being recorded n spread on youtube? It becomes an even more slippery slope for the huge amount of sexting that is leaked, some of which is underage at 17 and aren’t visibly distinct from adults, do the viewers there get opened up to damages for someone who was 17 years, 11months 29days? Do those who didn’t ask for a video such as high-school friends when someone forwards a video en mass to multiple people through no fault of their own have to pay as well?

    I can understand fully the reasoning behind those who purposely spread the videos and especially those who produce the videos although that also means teenagers could be charged for making their own sex-tapes and have to pay each other? It sounds like something that could badly be implemented, though I do agree with the direct abusers having to pay restitution, and those that spread it but I’m unsure of the viewers who don’t spread it if they should be paying restitution unless they’ve paid for it.

  2. Would it apply to adult videos leaked too that cause pain n suffering or only videos where a participant is not able to consent?

    The logic behind the current law is essentially the harm done to the victim, so as long as the victim can show there was harm, they would presumably be able to collect restitution. As long as the defendant loses the case and the victim meets the standards of the restitution law, the law would apply.

    As for the fairness of it, I would say that it is morally fair, but legally unfair. It is unfair because in all practicality the viewer of the porn did not actually harm the child. At this moment, there is likely someone looking at a picture or video of me. There is nothing I can do about that. However, it does not affect me in any tangible way. My day goes on just the same regardless of that. I can certainly have an emotional reaction to the fact that someone is viewing that material, and that could cause me a great deal of stress, which is what happened to Vicky, but it is not directly caused by the viewer. As one of the men sued for restitution noted:

    Kearney appealed the ruling to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, arguing Vicky was not his victim — he hadn’t physically abused her himself.

    Even if she were, he contended, his contribution to her suffering was inconsequential because so many others viewed and traded the same images.

    I do not think people should be legally held responsible for psychological damage a person experiences by the simple knowledge of another person’s behavior, which is the premise of the law, even though one can easily prove that a person can experience psychological damage from it.

    However, I do think it is morally fair to hold those people responsible because they are participating in the abuse on some level. These things are made to be viewed. Some of them are made at the behest of the viewer (i.e. someone wanting to see a specific act done to the child). In that sense, the viewer is complicit. The best comparison I can make is that of a slave laborer who makes products for other people to buy. Everyone who owns an iPad or iPhone should not be legally responsible for the horrendous conditions in the Chinese factories produce those products, but they are morally complicit in it because the products are specifically made for them.

    What I think would be best is where people created the material and those who specifically requested an act be done to a child be held financially responsible. I think the courts will uphold the policy as it stands. According to the article, Kearney’s case may go to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I doubt that the judges will overturn the lower courts’ decisions given the arguments the prosecutor presented.

  3. Maybe the claim should be for royalties?

    There is a thought. I am sure it would not fly, but if I were the attorney for one of the people seeking restitution, I would make that argument even if I would be held in contempt.

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