Girls felt pres­sured to send nudes

Cape Breton Post - - Province -

Girls as young as 13 felt pres­sured to send in­ti­mate pho­tos and were un­aware they were be­ing shared among a group of boys, a Nova Sco­tia court has been told.

Six Bridge­wa­ter boys have ad­mit­ted dis­tribut­ing in­ti­mate im­ages of at least 20 girls be­tween the ages of 13 and 17.

Doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted in Bridge­wa­ter pro­vin­cial court Tues­day said one 13-year-old girl was re­peat­edly asked by one ac­cused for sex­ual pho­tos over sev­eral days and felt pres­sured to send them.

“She felt he would not let her change the sub­ject. She said no sev­eral times. The next day at school (the boy) and his friends were clus­tered near her locker and gave her the im­pres­sion that they were talk­ing about her. She felt pres­sured,’’ the agreed state­ment of facts said.

The girl ended up send­ing four or five pho­tos, but did not give per­mis­sion to dis­trib­ute them and was told they would not be saved, the state­ment said.

“She felt hor­ri­ble when she sent them, but felt that if she did not he would spread some ru­mour about her at school or con­front her about it. She felt guilty and aw­ful af­ter it.’’

At the time the charges were laid in July 2016, four of the ac­cused were 15 years old, and the other two were 18. All were un­der 18 when the of­fences were com­mit­ted and their iden­ti­ties are pro­tected un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act. The vic­tim’s iden­ti­ties are also pro­tected.

All were stu­dents in Bridge­wa­ter.

The doc­u­ment said two Drop­box ac­counts were cre­ated for the pur­pose of shar­ing in­ti­mate im­ages of girls in var­i­ous states of un­dress, in­clud­ing bare breasts and fully nude.

Most pho­tos were sent through an app called Snapchat — in which im­ages dis­ap­pear af­ter 10 sec­onds — but the boys cir­cum­vented the time limit by us­ing other phones to take a photo of the photo.

The state­ment said a 14-yearold girl sent pho­tos to a boy she had known since they were young chil­dren. She felt she “could trust him that no one would find out.’’

“They would talk in class. He would compliment her looks and tell her that he likes her. She found him ‘sweet.’ He would also talk about how they could trust each other and then ask her for pho­tos, in­clud­ing full nudes,’’ the state­ment said.

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