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Timeline of Significant Events in Child Pornography Legislation


1977

Protection of Children Against Sexual Exploitation Act, Pub. L. No. 95—225, 92 Stat. 7 § 2 (1978) (codified at 18 U.S.C. §§ 2251-2253).

1984

Child Protection Act of 1984, Pub. L. No. 98—292, 98 Stat. 204 (1984).

1986

The Final Report of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography finds that the production and sharing of child pornography images causes serious harm and noted that “[i]f the sale or distribution of such pictures is stringently enforced, and if those sanctions are equally stringently enforced, the market may decrease and this may in turn decrease the incentive to produce those pictures.”

1986

Child Sexual Abuse and Pornography Act of 1986, Pub. L. No. 99—628, 100 Stat. 3510 (1986).

Child Abuse Victims’ Rights Act, Pub. L. No. 99—500, 100 Stat. 1783, Title I, § 101(b) [Title VII, §§ 701-05 (1986)] and amended by Pub. L. No. 99—591, 100 Stat. 3341-75, Title I, §101(b) [Title VII, §§ 701-705] (1986).

2003

28 U.S.C. § 994(a) (as amended by § 401 of the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act, Pub. L. No. 108—21, 117 Stat. 650 (2003) (“PROTECT Act”)).

2008

Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110—358, 122 Stat. 4001 (2008).

Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110—401, 122 Stat. 4229 (2008) (“PROTECT Our Children Act”).

Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators Act of 2008, Pub. L. No. 110—400, 122 Stat. 4224 (2008) (“KIDS Act”)