Coincidentally, I posted a thread about this subject a little while ago
. Justin Berry's story originally appeared in a New York Times article in December of last year.
Yesterday, he did indeed testify before Congress. Significant portions of his speech were broadcast on CNN. He told his story from the beginning - I have already read it all in the NYT article. However, the end of his Congressional testimony was indeed the worst. He explain how, since that article came out, his coming forward has not made a whit of difference. Former "customers", he says, openly make fun of him online and flaunt their involvement in his webcam business, "speaking as if they are confident that they will never be caught and arrested". And, Justin Berry concluded, they are right to be so confident, because nothing will be done. Nobody is interested. Isn't that the problem we constantly face? Plenty of people to say "oh, I'm so sorry" to your face, and offer "support", and feeling bad for your "tragedy", but nobody caring enough to do anything PROACTIVE and keep it from happening to anyone else. I guess it's not that
much of a "tragedy", then, is it? The word is "getting out" - but if a tree falls in the woods and nobody is around to hear it, does it save children from sexual predators?
As large as the New York Times' circulation is, the article didn't cause much a stir last year. Hopefully
that will change; I watched at least 3 minutes of a tape of Justin Berry's speech on CNN's headline news channel - that's a longer soundbite than I've seen them give any non-live speech from anyone, even the president.
As in my last thread, I'll offer the entire New York Times article to anyone who emails or PMs me and asks for it; I have it in Wordpad format.