Sexting onder die wet van Skotland

“Sexting” is nie 'n wettige term nie. Sexting is “self-vervaardigde seksueel eksplisiete materiaal”Word hoofsaaklik via slimfone uitgevoer. Tans kan 'sexting' -gedrag van verskillende soorte in Skotland ingevolge een van vele statute vervolg word, en is dit 'n ingewikkelde kwessie. Die statuutafdelings hierbo is die belangrikste wat waarskynlik deur aanklaers gebruik sal word. Wat ons ook al noem, 'sexting' is 'n hoofstroomaktiwiteit onder kinders en volwassenes. Net omdat 'n kind daartoe instem om 'n beeld te maak of te stuur, maak dit nie wettig nie. Misdaad met kuberaktiwiteite is een van die sektore wat die vinnigste groei in misdaad vandag.

The offence of stalking is the entering into a course of conduct with the intent of causing fear and alarm. All or part of that course of conduct can be by mobile phone or using social media sites and publishing material about that person.It is becoming increasingly common amongst children. It does not refer only to stalking in person.

Ons hoof uitvoerende beampte, Mary Sharpe, is 'n lid van die Fakulteit van Advokate en van die Kollege van Justisie. Sy het ondervinding van die strafreg op beide die vervolgings- en verdedigingskantore. Mary Sharpe is tans op die nie-praktiserende lys terwyl sy die liefdadigheid bedryf. Sy is gelukkig om te praat met ouers, skole en ander organisasies oor die praktiese implikasies van 'n kwas met die wet rondom seksuele oortredings wat verband hou met pornografie. Sy sal nie in staat wees om regsadvies vir spesifieke gevalle te verskaf nie.

Criminal law in Scotland is different from the law in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Law officers treat complaints of what academics and journalists call “sexting” like any other potential crime. They do this on an individual basis. Children under 16 will generally be referred to the Kinders se gehoorstelsel. In the event of serious offences such as rape, children under 16 years can be dealt with through the criminal justice system in the High Court of Justiciary.

If convicted of a sexual offence, the range of sentences are wide. They will include notification on the Sex Offenders Register for those 16 years and over processed through the criminal courts.

For children under 16, sexual offending will be treated as an “conviction” for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 though not called such in the Children’s Hearing System. It means they will be required to disclose such an offence in official documents if they want to work with vulnerable groups including children. That requirement lasts for 7 and a half years from the date of “conviction” if under 18, and for 15 years if over 18 years.

Die praktiese impak van 'n seksuele oortreding op werk, die sosiale lewe en reis vir iemand onder 16, is beduidend en word min verstaan. Die vereiste om 'n geringe oortreding tydens die kinderjare bekend te maak, word tot 'n mate in die land hanteer Wetsontwerp op onthulling (Skotland) gaan tans deur die Skotse parlement. Die aanbeveling is dat kinder skuldigbevindings nie meer outomaties aan voornemende werkgewers bekend gemaak sal word nie en dat hulle deur die baljuhof in aanmerking kan kom vir onafhanklike hersiening. Laasgenoemde prosedure is waarskynlik op eie koste van die jong persoon.

As cyberbullying and sexual harassment become more prevalent, prosecution authorities are taking a more proactive approach. Teachers, parents and children need to inform themselves of the risks. Pals who share indecent images they have received from others can be prosecuted too.

The Reward Foundation is developing lesson plans for schools about the law in this area. If you are interested, please contact our CEO at mary@rewardfoundation.org for more information.

Dit is 'n algemene riglyn vir die wet en vorm nie regsadvies nie.

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