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Date: 2015-01-13 10:44
Subject: Polling my flist
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As y'all know, I'm addicted to true crime tv shows and news articles. Today I was reading about a case about a mentally ill man who was caught with a stash of child porn. In the article, a U.S. attorney was quoted as saying "Every time someone looks at these pictures, a real child is re-victimized." Without any doubt a real child was victimized when the photos were taken, but I honestly wonder if it is correct to say the person is re-victimized when the images are viewed. If the victim doesn't know who saw the photos or when they were seen, is that person re-hurt?

p.s. Even though the poll claims I can see the detailed results, I won't know who voted what unless the poll-taker tells me how they voted in a comment (and I am the only one who can see the comments).

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User: wpadmirer
Date: 2015-01-13 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't mind you knowing that I am the yes vote. Each exposure of the child is victimization. As someone who was abused as a child, and who knows others who were, I can testify to the damage done each time that individual is viewed again. The horror of knowing that someone else knows is victimization in the legal and moral sense.
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User: lolabobs
Date: 2015-01-13 23:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I couldn't vote in your poll, but I will vote yes here - kinda.. obviously you know that I work in this field - it's an odd concept - I see what you mean about a victim not knowing specifically when an image is viewed, but I think in a way, that's the harm of it - victims have to walk around wondering if *that* person has seen their image, do *they* know etc. Each time they hear/read about child images being viewed they have to wonder if it was them?

I do also think that each time an image is viewed/downloaded/purchased etc that a 'market' is being created and reinforced - and from experience talking to the men who view these images, there is an element of collection, of needing more and more and new images - each viewing contributes to the demand for more images and therefore more victims...

I find it an interesting subject - hence my long winded (entirely imho answer)
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