Help Goes to Child Porn’s Young Victims; What About Perp’s Families?

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While federally sponsored assistance programs help child pornography’s juvenile victims, Janet Pucik of Oregon, whose husband was arrested for trafficking Internet child porn, and her son, Chris, 23, are viewed by the system as little more than collateral damage, The Oregonian reports. She still is grappling with feelings of betrayal, doubt and anger. She urges other women like her to step forward and get help.

As many as 95 Oregon families each year may feel effects of a conviction for child pornography, in addition to the juvenile victims. Jana Meinhold, assistant professor in Portland State University’s Graduate School of Social Work, agreed that spouses of those convicted for possessing child pornography are practically ignored by the system. “Often, these people lose all of the coping mechanisms they had in place before and have to completely rebuild,” said Meinhold, who specializes in child and family studies. “We’ve done a great job in the last 10 years in helping the children. But we haven’t done anything for the spouses and families.”

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