Danish teens shared ‘worst ever’ sex videos

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Danish teens shared ‘worst ever’ sex videos
A psychologist warned that the girl could be "marked for life" because of the videos' online presence. Photo: Scanpix

Police in northern Zealand have fined two people for distributing a video of extreme sex acts between minors.


A video showing sex acts between a girl - aged 15 at the time of recording - and four similar aged boys has been widely shared on social media and has likely been seen by thousands of young Danes, the latest in a trend of Danish minors sharing pornographic images of each other.

The video in question, which was split into several segments, was described by Save the Children Denmark (Red Barnet) as "possibly the worst seen in Denmark" and shows the boys hitting the girl three times before penetrating her with various objects including a vodka bottle, a badminton racket and a clothes hanger, which the girl describes as "a bit uncomfortable".

The final, nine second-long clip of the sequence shows the girl having apparently consensual sex with one of the boys.

The Local is not in possession of the videos and has not seen the clips.

Radio24syv reports that, having received a complaint about the video in the autumn of 2015, North Zealand Police identified and charged two people with distributing the videos of the girl, who was a high school student at the time of filming. The two individuals were given fines for distributing child pornography, according to investigating police officer Henrik Gunst.

The video clips have since been widely shared via Facebook and Snapchat and viewed by thousands of high school and upper secondary school students, according to Radio24syv.

Although the sex in the videos is consensual, the incident still represents one of the most serious sexual violations recorded on camera in Denmark to date, according to Kuno Sørensen, a psychologist and advisor with Save the Children.

Sørensen told Radio24syv that he considered the video likely to be inspired by hardcore pornography.

“The scenes [in the video clips] are strongly influenced by coarse pornography, which has an unfortunate influence on adolescents. They get an idea in their heads that they have to live up to what they see with this kind of pornography, which is deeply humiliating and degrading - especially for the women who take part in them,” said Sørensen.

Jonas Ravn, project leader with the Centre for Digital Education (Center for Digital Pædagogik), told TV2 that the most common video of this kind involves normal consensual sex, with the video subsequently shared by one partner against the other’s will.

Ravn also said that, although teenagers sharing graphic sexual videos is a growing trend, the northern Zealand video is one of the most serious he has heard of.

“It is different to what we have seen before,” he told Radio24syv. “Here, there seems to be a violation taking place in the acts on the film themselves - usually, it is the distribution of the material alone that violates the victim."

Although the victim of this type of video may have consented to the sex and to it being recorded, they may not fully understand that the distribution of the material often constitutes another kind of sexual violation, according to the digital expert.

“By sharing this kind of video, you are technically distributing child pornography,” Ravn continued. “The law does not cover other minors [as the offenders, ed.], but sharing that kind of thing is illegal.”

Sørensen said that the consequences for the victim would be long-lasting.

“She is marked for life. When she gets older, when she is a mother, there will always be a video of her where she is grossly humiliated and violated,” the psychologist said to TV2.

But Ravn also pointed out the dangers in demonizing young people who take intimate pictures of each other.

“They are exploring their sexuality and taking photos is a part of that sexual development, and we should be careful not to turn that into something terrible,” said Ravn to TV2.

“But the line is crossed when, for example, a young girl regrets being in a video that her ex-boyfriend has, and all of a sudden it has been spread without her permission.”

Other serious incidents of videos of underage sex being distributed in schools have also taken place in recent years. In 2011, revealing images of hundreds of local girls were sold on USB drives in Viborg. In 2012 a video showing a pupil having sex was shown during morning assembly at a school at Gammel Hellerup Gymnasium. That same school is involved in a current controversy in which students published an internal gossip magazine detailing the sex lives of students.

TV2 reports that a northern Jutland study showed that a third of all eighth grade students in the region have received nude pictures at some point, while Radio24syv contacted nearly 50 current and former students from three north Zealand upper high schools, who said that the "vast majority" of students at the schools had seen the video with the girl and four boys.

Ravn says that while such violations are very difficult to protect, the work of the Centre for Digital Education involves informing young people about the risks of taking intimate pictures and videos.

“Adolescents need to be aware of the risks and that there can be consequences for them - that these pictures can show up some place where you don’t want them to,” Ravn told TV2.

Legal consequences for distributing the material should also act as a deterrent, Gunst told Radio24syv, saying that young people found guilty of crimes such as the north Zealand video should be subject to heavy fines and even prison sentences.



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