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Omens of the Impending Apocalypse

Posted on | August 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Omens of the Impending Apocalypse

Scarcely had I finished reporting on the Australian investigation into teenage boys sharing nude photos of minor girls than I read about yet another case, this one in Canada:

A group of teenage boys in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia will stand trial this week for allegedly creating a “sexting ring” through which they shared nude images of their female peers using a Dropbox account.
Two 18-year-olds and four 15-year-olds have been charged with distributing intimate images without consent and possession and distribution of child pornography and will be heading to youth criminal court Wednesday. The boys . . .  are accused of circulating pictures of 20 teenage girls without consent.
The law against distributing intimate images without consent was added to the Criminal Code in March 2015 . . .
The legislation comes after the 2013 suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia teen who hung herself after she was allegedly gang raped. Photos of the assault were spread around Parsons’ hometown, resulting in Parsons being tormented by her peers.
Parsons’ dad Glen Canning told VICE the sexting trial signifies a “very big learning curve” for the community in terms of making people realize the gravity of distributing intimate images without consent.
“This isn’t boys being boys, this is beyond that. This is something that could really really hurt somebody.” . . .

You can read the rest. At the hearing today, the trial was postponed at the request of defense lawyers who say they need more time to study the 500 pages of evidence. What is obvious to me, if to no one else, is that cases like these are evidence of parental neglect. How else can we interpret the apparently widespread nature of this problem? How difficult could it be for parents to explain this to their children? NO NUDE SELFIES, EVER!

The apocalypse draws nigh . . .



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