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Canada: ‘Like I’m being raped all over again,’ child porn survivor tells court

Source: leaderpost.com 8/26/21

Three women shared with the court the long-term impacts child pornography has had on them and their children.

“Lily” has never stopped being victimized by child pornography.

As a child, she was sexually abused by her stepfather, the acts recorded and shared online.

Although Lily is now an adult with children of her own, she continues to suffer from more than just the psychological impacts of her abuse.

“Some of these perverts have contacted me,” she said. “I’ve received emails suggesting making porn with these strangers. One has stalked me and another created a slideshow of me on YouTube …

“I feel totally out of control. They’re trading around my trauma like treats at a party. It feels like I’m being raped all over again.”

Lily was one of three women to provide a victim impact statement for a court proceeding to determine whether a convicted sex offender and child porn user might be deemed a dangerous offender.

Sentenced 13 years ago for sexually abusing a young girl and sharing the images online, James S. Millie has since pleaded guilty to non-“hands-on” child porn offences which came to light during a 2019 investigation. The convictions spurred the Crown to launch dangerous offender (DO) proceedings against him.

But first, the Crown has a hurdle to overcome. While hands-on sex offences are considered “serious personal injury offences” (SPIO) — a requirement for a DO finding — Queen’s Bench Justice Catherine Dawson needs convincing that child porn offences in which the user didn’t physically touch a victim should count as such.

Crown prosecutor Roger DeCorby laid out his case on Thursday, which included video-recorded victim impact statements from the women — Lily (not her real name) and two mothers whose children were victims of child pornography.

Victims in all three cases were among those whose images were in Millie’s possession.

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