4. Fear of Exposure through Publication or Display of Pornographic Materials

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

Some witnesses feared the future dissemination of pornography which had been made of them. For example, a woman who had been forced to participate in the filming of pornography testified:

But there still exists the pornography that was made of me. I know the men who made it, I know where they are, and there is nothing I can do about it. I live knowing that at any time it could surface and could be used to humiliate me and my family. I know that it can be used to ruin my professional life in the future. I know because some of it was produced within months before my eighteenth birthday that it is protected under current law.[852]

Linda Marchiano, who appeared in the film Deep Throat as Linda Lovelace, testified:

I have a son who will be ten in April. My daughter Lindsay will be six on the 4th of July. There are times when my phone rings and it's just obscene phone calls and people saying the typical kind of degradation they say on the telephone. And it's hard because, how do you say to these people, come on, you are hurting my six- and my nine-year-old children. That hurts and it does hurt that the film is still being shown.

I mean, we have a video store in our town, and we have a VCR, and I will not go into that store and get my tapes. I will go to the next town to get them. I just don't feel that store should have that film in the town that I live, but there is nothing I can do about it.

I have no rights as a victim. The only right I have is to be able to tell my story and hope that someone listens.[853]

The young man who had been sexually abused by his uncle and used in the production of pornography testified:

The sexual abuse that was afflicted on me lowered my self-esteem and the films reminded me of that. I was afraid that this would be shown to the world.[854]

A woman who reported that she was forced into prostitution at age thirteen after running away from a sexually abusive home testified that she was forced to participate in the production of pornographic films and tapes:

It was clear to me that in the years I was in prostitution that all of the women I met were systematically coerced into prostitution and pornography in the same way a prisoner of war is systematically imprisoned, tortured and starved into compliance by his captors. The difference is that prisoners of war are not held responsible for coerced statements and acts but when a girl or woman is coerced in this very manner into prostitution and for use in pornography, she is held responsible.

This pimp made pornography of all of us. He also made tape recordings of us having sex with him and recordings of our screams and pleading when he gave us brutal beatings. It was not unusual for him to threaten us with death. He would later use these recordings to humiliate us by playing them for his friends in our presence, for his own sexual arousal, and to terrorize us and other women he brought home.[855]

According to the submission on behalf of the National Judges Conference, the continuing existence of pornography impedes treatment of victims:

The therapeutic issue for the victim to complete treatment is the need to put the crime in the past, an impossibility when there is an existing pictorial history.[856]

Notes

  1. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 189.
  2. New York Hearing, Vol. I, pp. 54-55.
  3. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. I, p. 49.
  4. Washington, D.C., Hearing, Vol. II, p. 183.
  5. National Judges Conference, October 12, 1986.