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Porn behind 11-year-old girl's abuse claims: court

Published: 17 Oct 2011 13:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Oct 2011 13:59 GMT+02:00

After three days of proceedings, the district court in Jönköping, in southern Sweden, on Friday freed a mother and father suspected of raping their three daughters.

According to the court, the testimony offered by their 11-year-old daughter could have been based on something she had seen in a porn film.

”Completely out of the question,” said prosecutor Gunnar Brodin to news agency TT.

Both parents had denied the allegations, which were to a large extent based on the testimony of the three little girls, aged 5, 8 and 11.

People close to the children became suspicious when the children started to act in a weird manner. The girls were acting oversexed, which is a normal reaction to sexual abuse.

During a search of the family's home, police uncovered a number of pornographic movies.

According to counsellor Tobias Sunnerfjell at Save the Children, small children who are subjected to sex abuse don't realise that what is happening to them is wrong.

”Children often don't realise until much later,” Sunnerfjell told TT.

But this realisation could take many years. Sometimes not until they are about to make their sexual début themselves, according to Sunnerfjell.

What is legally viewed as child rape also covers other sexual actions such as oral sex or masturbation. And there doesn't seem to be any limits to what adults can think of.

”I have stopped being surprised,” said prosecutor Brodin sadly.

For the children there is also the added painful separation from the parents as a result of sexual abuse. But often there is no other alternative.

”Protecting the children must be the first priority,” Sunnerfjell told TT.

The mother and father of the three little girls were freed as the court ruled that despite the girls' testimonies, there was not enough evidence to suggest the parents had committed a crime.

Exactly what the parents were suspected of having done to the three girls remains confidential and court proceedings were held behind closed doors.

The complete text of the court's ruling is set to be released on Friday.

Prosecutor Brodin has vowed to appeal the ruling.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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15:46 October 17, 2011 by ivey007
"Could have been"
19:48 October 17, 2011 by Lukestar1991
Yet again, the local is treading the line on acceptable and appropriate journalism. Especially when dealing with something as serious as this, the local should ensure that their approach and content is always completely sensitive and factual, with no exceptions.
21:56 October 17, 2011 by dizzymoe33
What a joke all three of the children have made the same claims against their parents about the sexual abuse. What a stupid Justice system in Sweden!!! I hope someone has at least removed the children from that home to protect them? I am going to guess and say probably not!!! Stupid!!! Stupid!!!
00:47 October 18, 2011 by graceolsson
First at all, I do not understand how a mother and a father are capable to rape their children....NO...I really dont get understand it...

Second, what is happening to Swedish police in that city?

Finally, we live in the hell...Our children dont have peace....It´s pity.
01:41 October 18, 2011 by Grokh
still throw their parents in jail for being morons and having sex videos at home.. i mean seriously... if someone is desperate for porn there is something called the internet... to actually keep stuff like that at home when youre alone is already creepy, but to do it when youre married with children... morons -_-x
22:29 October 18, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
I wish this issue was as easy as some people want to make it out to be. It is NOT an easy issue.

It might be the parents lying, it might not. It might be the kids lying, it might not. It might be the SYSTEM misinterpreting the kids action which created a situation that did not exist in the first place, then again it might not. It might be someone else entirely, and it might not.

People have no idea how easy it is to be falsely accused of child abuse and how there is no way to "PROVE" yourself innocent of the crime.

I figure BRAIN SCANS are just around the corner so we will be able to see the truth then.
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