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Swedish sex-ed film reported to police over teen sex scenes

Swedish sex-ed film reported to police over teen sex scenes

Published: 26 Jan 2011 13:48 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Jan 2011 13:48 GMT+01:00

Animated sex scenes featuring Swedish teens in a new sex education film has led to the film being reported to the police for violating laws against endangering the moral upbringing of young people.

The film, "Sex on the map" (Sex på kartan), was co-produced by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) and the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company (UR) and broadcast last week on Sveriges Television (SVT).

The 30-minute film is the first sex ed film produced for Swedish schools for 25 years. While animated, many of the film's drawings are nevertheless quite detailed. The film also includes scenes featuring teenagers engaging in sexual activity with one another.

Following the film's broadcast on SVT, an individual from Umeå in northern Sweden reported the public broadcaster to the police.

According to the complaint, the film depicts minors having sex and is directed toward Swedish high school students and thus qualifies as the crime of "leading youth astray."

According to the statute, someone can be convicted of the crime for distributing pictures or images featuring content which "can be dehumanising or otherwise cause serious danger for the moral upbringing of young people."

Cecilia Bäcklander, the programme director at UR responsible for producing the film, rejected claims that the film leads youth astray.

"This is a very well thought out film that has been planned for several years with RFSU. We're not guilty of endangering young people or leading them astray. This is an educational film," she told The Local.

Bäcklander admitted the film addresses "sensitive issues" and isn't surprised that it may have sparked negative reactions among some viewers. However, she's "not at all" worried about the police complaint.

"We've consulted our lawyers throughout the production," she said.

The head of RFSU, Åsa Regnér, agreed that "Sex on the map" was a high-quality sexual education film based on actual questions posed by Swedish teenagers.

"We've tested it in schools and we know it works. It doesn't lead young people astray; it gives them important information about sexuality and their bodies," she said.

The complaint, which was filed with the police in Stockholm, has been forwarded to Sweden's Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern), who is charged with assessing whether or not the matter falls within the framework of Sweden's laws governing freedom of expression.

If the chancellor rules that the film isn't covered under Sweden's free speech laws, the complaint will be sent back to the police.

Speaking with the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper, a representative from the chancellor's office called leading youth astray an "extremely uncommon" crime and that only two or three such cases have come to the office in the last decade.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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16:11 January 26, 2011 by zat_xela
Amazing that one anonymous complaint can create this much headache and news. Here in Canada, one anonymous complaint recently lead to the banning of the song Money for Nothing by Dire Straits because it uses the word faggot...apparently it was okay for 25 years but one person complains and censorship rears its ugly head. I hope this complaint goes nowhere.
19:09 January 26, 2011 by LordSqueak
wait what?

" ...reported to the police for violating laws against endangering the moral upbringing of young people."

Im not avare of any such laws.
19:58 January 26, 2011 by Twiceshy
@zat_xela - but hang on - Dire Straits in a british band - and over there a faggot is just a bit of fire wood
20:02 January 26, 2011 by enkelt
how an earth can this led to a stray to youths who are already spoilt beyond repair
20:04 January 26, 2011 by mikewhite
... or it can be a kind of meatball, not as small and hard as kötbullar.
21:29 January 26, 2011 by hjoian
there was a story o here last year about a journalist who was jailed because he had some japenese "hentai" pictures of youthfull looking cartoon characters. So, i am expecting everyone who has been involved in making this production,or has it on their hardrives will be arrested for being in possesion of indecent childlike characters, as was the journalist....

I dont understand the need for these type of films anyaway....what the hell are the parents doing.....oh....i forgot......just release all responsibility to the state....
21:50 January 26, 2011 by pantheratigris
Red Alert Sweden going Puritan...rofl
10:17 January 27, 2011 by beam_me_up
Since we are of the animal kingdom, nature will tell kids, "how to". They don't need that demonstrated in a film. Sex education needs emphasis on preventing STD's, pregnancy, and how to develop interpersonal skills so they can manage emotional long term relationships (give and take, communication, compromise). Sex, alone, doesn't hold a couple together very long.
10:25 January 27, 2011 by hunnysnowbee
Yer, a faggot in the UK is a meat thing, (don't actualy know what it's made of lol), but you eat it with gravy & mushy peas. Quite nice if you're in the mood for it! And most people in the Uk call ciggaerettes fags.
23:52 January 27, 2011 by BobWas
If this animated film is as detailed as it says here, then it sounds like kiddie porn.
15:23 January 28, 2011 by tadchem
How does one determine the 'age' and 'nationality' of a cartoon character?

A recent US Supreme Court decision declared that an artistic depiction of a criminal activity is not in itself a crime. If it were then much TV, many plays and novels, and even the Bible (Sodom and Gomorrah) would be considered criminal products.
23:08 January 28, 2011 by EnsamVarg
Mad as hell how one person makes a complaint and the tax payer picks up a nice price tag.. hmm

On the discussion of Faggots and Fags: Well Faggots are disgusting, I would never put a faggot anywhere near my mouth.. and Fags are just as bad, they smell horrible , they are offensive and look disgusting too... What??? How many PC Do gooders are foaming at the mouth right now, going to report my comment and want to linch me.. HAHAHA

A Faggot is according to me a "Meat Ball" i use the term meat ball loosly as they are made of offal (Cow and Lamb livers, hearts, kidneys and lungs) erghh...

A Fag is slang for cigarette, and as an ex smoker I am right in what I say :)

BTW just for the record, when Dire Straights sung about a "faggot" they were not refering to the the "meat ball" or a cigarette...

Dire Straights Rock anyway, and I listened to that song when I was a teenager, I never thought about the "faggot" word, I knew it, but it never influenced my beliefs or views... funny thing is, had they banned it for those reasons back then I may have been forced to form an opinion on the subject.. hmmmm
12:31 January 29, 2011 by big5
I saw a few excerpts from the film and it definitely deserves to be reported to the police for the crappy animation if nothing else.
13:50 January 29, 2011 by Lukestar1991
All these arseholes can do is criticise a film made to educate young people about sexuality, something that is nowadays grossly misunderstood and misrepresented by those who have influence. I myself have seen the film and although its production style didnt neccesarily appeal to me, i can see how useful it could be in educating young adults. I also wonder how they can criticise this film when next to nothing is said about or reported on the disgusting expoitation of young women being trafficked into the country to be repeatedly abused sexually and physically. I really wonder if they consider that to "be dehumanising or otherwise cause serious danger for the moral upbringing of young people." I for one do, and i find it sickening that they find the thought of two young adults engaging in sexual activity morally wrong and not older men coercing young, vulnerable girls to so the same.
10:09 January 30, 2011 by big5
Lukestar.... decaf!
18:09 February 2, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush
I heard the Swedish porn is the best : )
09:58 September 11, 2012 by John.Smith
Mickey and Minnie mouse at it again??
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