On May 8th, a Dart Award will be officially presented to the individuals who developed and contributed to the New York Time’s powerful piece on survivors of child pornography, The Price of a Stolen Childhood. Granted for the recognition of excellence in accurately and insightfully depicting tragedy, the Dart Awards are granted by Columbia Journalism School’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. These awards have been recognizing journalistic achievements in reporting tragic events since 1994.

The Price of a Stolen Childhood: A Look at the Kaleidoscope of Trauma Child Pornography Survivors Face

The Price of a Stolen Childhood takes an in-depth look at the stories of a few survivors of child pornography, telling their stories of victimization and their journey towards justice. Specifically depicted in this article is how Amy and Nicole, as the survivors are known in court documents, deal with the emotional trauma of surviving child sexual abuse, learn that they had been the subjects of widely distributed child pornography and then explore various legal remedies for holding their abusers accountable.

Among one of the innovative legal strategies employed was going after those who downloaded and shared their images (instead of only going after the abusers who produced the images) for restitution. Although this effort has been inconsistently successful, it has, as the article reports, helped these survivors seek the counseling and other help they need to heal.

Praise for The Price of a Stolen Childhood

The team of judges who have granted the Honorable Mention to the individuals who wrote, edited and otherwise contributed to The Price of a Stolen Childhood included mental health professionals, journalists and educators alike. In their praise of this piece, these judges remarked at how this article effectively showed “the complexity of legal interventions and their unintended consequences for victims and survivors.”

Additionally, the judges lauded how this piece was highly effective in “gracefully delivering on its promise to illustrate the emotional, legal and financial impact of a new source of trauma” for survivors of child pornography.

The 2014 Dart Awards ceremony will start at 3 pm on May 8th at the Columbia School of Journalism. The public is welcome to attend and join in the appreciation of these remarkable journalistic accomplishments.

Portland Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

At the Savage Law Firm, our Portland child sex abuse attorneys understand that no amount of money can ever make up for childhood sexual abuse. However, we also know that helping abuse survivors obtain compensation from their abusers and the people who possess images of them can be crucial to helping them obtain a sense of justice as well as:

  • The financial support they need if they are unable to work due to their psychological issues
  • The counseling and other long-term treatments they may need to deal with the damage caused by their abuse.

Since 1977, our experienced and compassionate attorneys have been devoted to standing up for survivors’ rights and providing them with respect and the highest quality legal services. While this means that our Portland child sex abuse lawyers will work diligently to help our clients tell their stories in court, it also means that our attorneys and dedicated staff will vigorously stand up to defense lawyers outside of the courtroom to ensure that our clients are able to obtain the settlements and justice they deserve.

Our goal is to help survivors of child pornography obtain the best possible resolutions to their cases so they can embrace their recovery and focus on their future.

Portland & Seattle Lawyers

If you or a loved one is a survivor of any type of child sexual abuse, including child pornography, we encourage you to learn more about your rights and how we can help you by attending a free, no obligations initial consult.