Congress Passes Bipartisan Toomey-Led Child Pornography Victim Assistance Measure
The Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act now awaits President’s signature
Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan measure that takes on the heinous crime of child pornography is headed to President Trump's desk for his signature.
The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act offered by Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which ensures that victims of child pornography will have greater access to restitution from criminals who produce or possess it.
One of the namesakes of the bill, "Amy," is a Pennsylvania resident whose childhood was shattered when, at ages eight and nine, her uncle raped her and distributed the images online.
"Sexual abuse and exploitation of children are indefensible and heinous crimes. Victims like Amy will be affected for the rest of their lives," said Senator Toomey. "I'm pleased that the House and Senate came together and passed this bill to improve access to restitution for victims from the sick individuals who produce, distribute, and possess this exploitative filth."
"I'm thrilled the Senate and the House have passed this important bill. This is a momentous day and many years in the making." Senator Hatch said. "This bipartisan legislation will help provide meaningful assistance for child pornography victims to support their recovery and allow them to reclaim their lives. I am proud of this bill and look forward to seeing it signed into law."
The Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act addresses a 2014 Supreme Court decision that limited restitution for victims of child pornography. Under the bill, victims will be able to seek appropriate compensation from any criminal who has possessed or distributed the images, up to the full amount of the victim's losses. The legislation also offers victims a monetary assistance alternative from the Crime Victims Fund and allows victims access to the images depicting them that defendants already possess.