Child Victims & Restitution

Those who advocate for the victims of child sexual abuse and pornography have been tracking the outcomes of civil suits filed by the victims nationwide. They say it’s evident that without tough laws such as the one passed in Virginia last year, convicted offenders would have more protections than the children they prey upon.  But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the trends also call into question whether or not the Commonwealth’s prosecutors are using the law that requires offenders to pay restitution—or if victims even know they have the right to demand it.


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