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Nova Scotia TeensGet Conditional Discharges For Sharing Girls' Nude Photos



Six teenage boysin Nova Scotia were handed conditional discharges after creating a Facebookgroup to share intimate photos of girls.


BRIDGEWATER, N.S.— Six young Nova Scotia men who admitted to exchanging intimate images of atleast 20 girls without their consent treated the victims as "objects forthe accused's own sexual gratification,'' a Nova Scotia judge said Wednesday inhanding down conditional discharges.

布里奇沃特,加拿大新斯科舍省 — 6名新斯科舍年轻人被证实未经女孩允许互相交换了至少20名女孩的私照,正如一名新斯科舍法官所言“女孩子们的照片被当作一件满足被告们性欲的牺牲品“

But Judge PaulScovil also recognized that the young men have shown remorse for their part inthe creation two Dropbox accounts for the purpose of sharing dozens of intimateimages of girls naked or in various states of undress.


"The victimswere in a vulnerable position that these accused took advantage of,'' saidScovil as the six young men watched on from the gallery amongst loved ones.

`“受害人处于一个易被被告利用的弱势地位” 斯科维尔法官在6个年轻人从走廊看着自己亲人时说到。

"These youngmen have come forward and admitted responsibility. Each one of them has saidhow they understand how they hurt the victims, and I am encouraged by that.''


Records will beerased


The conditionaldischarges mean the six young men will follow court-imposed conditions for ninemonths — which include completing community service and counselling — and thattheir youth court records will be erased three years from the date they pleadedguilty.


Scovil acknowledgedthat some of the conditions of his decision may have already been met.


Court heard thatthe six young men have participated in a restorative justice process sincebeing charged in July 2016.


All six chose toaddress the court Wednesday, each expressing their remorse.


"It'sprobably the biggest mistake I will make in my life,'' one of the young mentold Scovil.


At the time theywere charged, four of the accused were 15 years old and the other two were 18.However, all were under 18 when the offences were committed, which means theiridentities are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The victims' identities are also protected.


It's probably the biggest mistake I will make in my life.
— Teen accusedof sharing intimate photos without consent

— 被指控未经允许分享私照的年轻人

The case is one ofCanada's largest involving a relatively untested law introduced in 2015 tocombat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.


The law came afterthe suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, whose family says a photo ofher allegedly being sexually assaulted was circulated among students at herschool in Cole Harbour.


Senior Crownattorney Peter Dostal said the decision acknowledges the seriousness of theoffence.


"These youngpersons were not in any way bad kids,'' said Dostal outside of court."What we hope that can be taken out of this is that despite all of theirgood character, they made some profoundly poor choices.''

“这些年轻人不是坏孩子,” 多斯特尔在法庭外说道,“我们希望能从中得到的是,尽管他们有良好的性格,但他们做出了一些非常糟糕的选择。”

No victim impactstatements were submitted with the court.


Judge accused defence of victim-blaming


Scovil also tookdefence lawyers to task for arguing in a joint-submission that the girls shouldhave known photos shared through Snapchat could have been saved.


He said thatwrongfully blamed the victims.


"Suchthinking and such comments harken back to a time of sexual stereotyping thatanyone who has been offended against sexually must have put themselves in thatposition... It's discouraging that (society) would still look to women andblame them for what took place,'' said Scovil.


But defence lawyerStan MacDonald said that was not the intent of their arguments. He said whatthey did was present an "alternative view.''


"At no pointin time did we make any attempt whatsoever to blame any victims,'' saidMacDonald, one of six lawyers who argued for an absolute discharge. "Itake issue with the comments that the judge made.''


The boys, who areall from the Bridgewater area, admitted to forming a private Facebook group toexchange photos of the girls, who ranged in age from 13 to 17.


In the agreedstatement, the photos' subjects cited a variety of motivations for sending theimages.


Some said theyfelt pressured by what they described as persistent requests for intimateimages, while others said they were vying for boys' affections or just jokingaround, the statement said.


The document saidone 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked for sexual photos by one of theaccused over the course of several days, despite persistent rejection.


Another girl whowas 14 at the time said the boy would talk about how they could trust eachother, then asked her for naked photos.