CINCINNATI — ‘Solomon’ was sexually assaulted for the first time during an overnight trip in Kentucky.
He was 8 years old.
“I don’t have a legacy that doesn’t involve being raped as a child,” Solomon told the WCPO I-Team.
Solomon said his abuser also took photos and videos of him posing naked, then sold them online.
Those images can still be found online, according to documents that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of Ohio filed in child pornography cases.
“It’s worse than the actual abuse I went through,” Solomon said.
Solomon, now in his 30s, said he is sharing his story publicly for the first time to shine a light on child pornography and the terrifying effect it has had on his life.
Solomon’s code name is a pseudonym, just like other pseudonym’s federal court documents use to identify ‘Lily,’ ‘Andy,’ ‘’Pia,’ ‘Maya,’ ‘Chelsea,’ ‘Violet’ and so many other victims. We will refer to Solomon by this pseudonym in order to protect his identity.
“I can’t get away from it. Ever,” he said. “I don’t expect you can heal from something like this. It’s just too deep.”
WCPO has spent several months investigating the distribution of child pornography, the challenges facing law enforcement, the relentless impact it has on victims and what is being done to address it.