2. Financial Losses

Part: 
Four
Chapter: 
1

The Commission heard reports from individuals who encounter financial consequences attributable to experiences with pornography. Many of these witnesses stated they had suffered financial difficulty because of the need to seek medical and mental assistance because of injuries they attributed to pornographic materials:

The tangible costs are real and run over five hundred dollars per month for weekly therapy, monthly consultations and outside testing. The hospitalization was nearly thirty thousand dollars. Most major insurance policies have a lifetime maximum benefit of ten to twenty thousand dollars on this type of problem; after that if the victim needs help guess who pays. This has a real dollar cost of over seventy thousand dollars so far with many months and perhaps years to go.

My oldest daughter has been in therapy for nearly four years receiving help including a two month hospitalization period for evaluation.[907]

Our four year old daughter was sexually molested at a preschool that she attended in Hermosa Beach, California. She attended the school, . . . for approximately ten months in 1984. She was two years old ....

She has spoken on many occasions where she was taken to certain residence and other locations where she was molested by strangers and threatened with guns and knives and also photographed. All of this was being kept secret through the continuous threats to our daughter that we would leave her, or, worse, that she would die if we were told the secret.

We spent the past year trying to help our daughter through the fears and anxiety over this experience. She is, and has been for about a year, undergoing psychotherapy on a weekly basis. I have also been receiving psychotherapy....[908]

Notes

  1. Houston Hearing, Vol. II, Anonymous, pp. 178Q1-4.
  2. Miami Hearing, Vol. I, pp. 93-94.