Oct 12, 2012

The Sext Files: when a child is labelled a s-x offender

Even when courts dismiss charges of sexting, young people are still punished with inclusion on the Sex Offenders' Register, writes Swinburne University journalism student Alice Krieger.

A man who filmed a consensual explicit video of his girlfriend when he was 17 has been treated as an adult before the courts and has ended up on the S-x Offenders’ Register, despite a court claiming it was unnecessary.

The case, involving a person who is only identified as “A,” is detailed in a submission to the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into s-xting. The man was a minor when he shot the video of his girlfriend but was 19-years-old when he emailed two stills images from the video to three friends. By this stage he and his girlfriend had broken up.

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3 thoughts on “The Sext Files: when a child is labelled a s-x offender

  1. Korinne Northwood

    A may have been a child when he took the image (presumably with the gf’s consent), but he was an adult of 19 when he distributed the image to friends (presumably without the gf’s consent).

    While I agree that the sex offender’s register is perhaps too blunt a punishment in this case, the crime was committed when he was an adult, and is reprehensible.

    Distributing sexual images without consent should be a crime, and especially so when the person in the picture is a child at the time the photo is taken.

  2. muruk

    Australians are becoming so sensitive about any little thing these days. Almost anything is branded as being reprehensible (or any other adjective) and in need of condemnation (or criminalisation). We tend to forget that the average Jo or Joe in Australia is safer healthier and wealthier than 997 of every 1000 people on this planet. Every day all over the world children and adults in their normal lives die horribly of starvation disease and violence. That is truly reprehensible, but we dont care on our safe big island. We are pathetically disconnected from reality.

  3. tripper

    @Korinne. I agree, with the exception that I do think he deserves to go on the sex offenders list. Its the law and he was an adult when he distributed child pornography. He needs to suck it up.

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