Children who are sexually exploited are not only scarred by the abusive acts, but are victimized repeatedly as those images are broadcast around the world. They suffer from the horrifying knowledge that countless strangers are reliving their abuse for perverted pleasure or profiting from their degradation, without end.
Under Masha's Law, victims of child pornography can sue their abusers and anyone who contributed to their victimization by downloading, purchasing or sharing the depictions. Upon turning 18, survivors of sexual exploitation can pursue civil lawsuits for monetary damages against each individual involved in the chain.
The law firm of Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., is devoted to justice for the victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Founding attorney Ben Andreozzi has represented adult survivors in the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State litigation and other high-profile cases throughout the United States. In working to hold the purveyors and consumers of child pornography accountable, we are sensitive to the privacy and other concerns of victims and their families.
Recovery Of Damages Under Masha's Law
From her adoption at the age of 5, Masha Allen was subjected to sexual abuse by her father, much of it filmed and distributed worldwide. Her later testimony before Congress resulted in a special civil remedy within the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
Under "Masha's Law," victims of child pornography are entitled to seek compensation of at least $150,000 from any person who downloaded pictures or videos of their sexual abuse. Downloading includes website viewing, file-sharing networks and "darknet" mediums catering to pedophiles. When an individual is convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography, the victim on the images (if the child's identity is known) is notified.
Andreozzi & Associates, P.C., can prepare and pursue civil suits against the personal assets of those individuals, as well as lawsuits against third parties such as landlords or employers whose negligence enabled a sexual predator. We have extensive experience in this area of law.
Masha's Law has been applied to the sexting of sexual images, including adults who text pornographic images to youths, and adults who text or post sexually explicit photos or videos of teenagers, including private videos or selfies that the underage victim never intended for public distribution.
It is not always possible to collect the full amount of the judgments — not that any amount of money could ever make amends. The spirit of Masha's Law is accountability and prevention, turning the tables on those who create the market for child pornography and hide behind the anonymity of the internet.
A Powerful Voice For Child Porn Victims
If you were sexually exploited as a child or if your son or daughter has been a victim of child pornography, contact the proven lawyers of Andreozzi & Associates, P.C. We represent clients in the Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.
Please call us toll free at 800-724-5785 for a confidential consultation.