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Girl, 16, freed in 'truth or dare' underage sex case

Girl, 16, freed in 'truth or dare' underage sex case

Published: 10 Nov 2010 17:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 10 Nov 2010 17:29 GMT+01:00

A Swedish court has dismissed sexual abuse charges against a teenage girl who had sex with two underage boys after a game of 'truth and dare'.

Varbergs District Court threw out the charges against the girl, who was 15 at the time of the incident, ruling that she had not subjected the boys to any abuse.

The court argued that in actual fact the boys, who were under the Swedish legal age of consent at the time, exploited the girl in order to shed their virginity and that the girl, who is now 16, did not exert any coercive influence on the boys.

The Local reported in October that prosecutor Lena Lithner of the Halmstad public prosecution office filed the charges against the girl, with police arguing that the law should apply to all.

"We have a law that says one should not have sex with someone else who is under 15. I think that one should follow the law regardless of whether one is a girl or boy," said detective chief inspector Inger Ohlsson of the county criminal investigation department to Radio Halland at the time.

Sex with minors under 15 years old is a crime that can be classified as statutory rape, but when the age difference is small, suspects are typically prosecuted for sexual abuse.

The incident took place in an apartment in Kungsbacka in western Sweden on March 27th.

The girl, who was acquainted with the boys, admitted to the circumstances, but denied that she had committed a crime.

The girl's lawyer, Elisabeth Johansson, argued in response to the indictment that prosecutions of this type were extremely uncommon in Sweden and expressed surprise that the prosecutor had decided to pursue this case.

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17:45 November 10, 2010 by kenny8076
wow, put i bet if it was turned around and the girl was underage the boys would be in prison....... i HATE the double standard sex laws so much, it makes me sick, that women want to be soooooo equal until it comes to sex, then they want to be able to do it with whom ever whenever they want without punishment.... what a joke
19:39 November 10, 2010 by Localer
i know right ? like if a man go for prostitutes the man will be charged but the women go free plus some compensation !!!!!
20:18 November 10, 2010 by mastersamuel
they wanted to SHED their virginity. sounds a bit sore like....
20:52 November 10, 2010 by crofab
Finally some sense. This case never should have been pursued in the first place.
20:55 November 10, 2010 by hilt_m
what a waste of tax payers money, cops in Varberg or where ever the hell this happened must have nothing else better to do. Go catch some real crims and stop arseing about.
21:00 November 10, 2010 by mikewhite
Hope she had her HPV jab.
22:04 November 10, 2010 by Nilspet
@kenny8076

You are totally right ...

We have double standard our country....
23:13 November 10, 2010 by Da Goat
As long as they were all happy and enjoyed it! should the older people really scar them for life for wrong doing? was not handled very sensitively was it?

yes I agree what a waste of time and money on a double standard case even if it is a very poor case for precedence setting
04:23 November 11, 2010 by villjobba
Reverse the facts and switch the positions of the parties and you get completely different results. That is the best thing i enjoy about being a woman, we benefit from so much unearned/unfair advantage and can get away with so much! :-)
08:10 November 11, 2010 by RobinHood
Who really abused these children? The 16 year old girl, or prosecutor Lena Lithner and detective chief inspector Inger Ohlsson, who seem out to prove a legal point, no matter what the distress borne by all three children?

Now that the court has dismissed the case, it might be time for Lithner and Ohlsson's bosses to remind them their job is to protect children, not persecute and humiliate them. Berhaps a transfer to less onerous duties for both might be in order.
03:16 November 12, 2010 by GLO
Boys will be boys, get over it....
10:22 November 12, 2010 by Pojken
I don't see the double standard. Are you saying that she should be prosecuted? We are talking about a girl who was 15 when she had sex with the boys (who I assume are about her age, but slightly under - the article doesn't mention it).

You can cry double standard, but where has a similar situation happened before? I'm asking for at least one.

Geez... people need to get over the fact that people under the age of 15 sometimes actually do want to have sex (I know I did).
15:16 November 12, 2010 by Canadian Dad
This case demonstrates clearly that Feminazi double standards are alive and thriving in Sweden. Is there any doubt whatsoever that had the roles been reversed the boy would have been charged, found guilty, and incarcerated with a life long "sexual predator" tag affixed to his record?
15:58 November 12, 2010 by Icarusty
This is terrible... so if a group of teenage, underage girls came up to me because they wanted to lose their viriginity and experience sex, I assume using this case I would be free? After all, I did not force them, they pursued me. Oh wait, I'm a man, it's only rape because we have a penis.
22:37 November 12, 2010 by Stuart Parsons
I had had sex with a 15 year old Swedish girl many times in 1951. Should I confess an give myself up ?
16:10 November 14, 2010 by johann2340
Comment #12, Pojken

We are talking about a girl who was 15 when she had sex with the boys (who I assume are about her age, but slightly under - the article doesn't mention it).

http://www.thelocal.se/29880/20101028/

A teenage girl from Kungsbacka in western Sweden was charged on Tuesday with sexual abuse after having sex with two boys who were 13-years-old at the time.

She was 15, and the boys were 13.

I wonder what might happen if a boy is 15 and the girls are 13....The same? Case dismissed, because it was a game of 'truth and dare'? I doubt this.

Are 13 year old boys not protected?

What says the law about it?

-----Detective chief inspector Inger Ohlsson of the county criminal investigation department disagreed.

"We have a law that says one should not have sex with someone else who is under 15. I think that one should follow the law regardless of whether one is a girl or boy,"-----

However the Local mentions in this report:

Sex with minors under 15 years old is a crime that can be classified as statutory rape, but when the age difference is small, suspects are typically prosecuted for sexual abuse.

What means 'when the age difference is small'? (Pojken: slightly under)

How small? What means 'slightly under'? 1 month, or 1 year? Or in this case 2 years? Or 3 years?

Can anybody explain? Why is she not prosecuted at all? Case dismissed?

Isn't that a double standard?
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