Controversy Turned ‘Cuties’ Into One Of Netflix’s Most Popular Movies

As sadly expected, the outcry over a French coming-of-age drama has turned it into a must-see movie.

Well, that was expected. After an initial firestorm of displeasure over the initial poster for Netflix’s

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Cuties brought the film into the public eye, online outrage started up all over again when the film actually debuted on the streaming site this past Wednesday. Absent this outcry, French-Senegalese filmmaker Maïmouna Doucouré ‘s directorial debut would likely have slid under the radar, as just one indie/festival darling that premiered on the streaming service alongside the more high-profile movies like The Babysitter: Killer Queen (now the top-ranked movie) and TV shows like Julie and the Phantoms. Alas, thanks to the controversy, Cuties, a foreign-language coming-of-age melodrama about a young girl who is torn between her traditionalist family and her provocative new friends, is now the fourth-biggest movie on the site.

The situation began when the first poster dropped in mid-August. While the film played without incident (and mostly positive reviews) at this year’s Sundance festival, the Netflix poster (which was not the original theatrical artwork) inspired instant condemnation, not just at the poster itself (which presented its four pre-teen stars wearing stereotypical dance recital outfits) but the unseen movie. Even a cursory glance at the 75-second trailer, or a minute spent on Wikipedia, would have informed anyone of the film’s true nature and intent, but who’s got time to double-check their instant assumptions? The filmmaker was chased off social media and received death threats, while Netflix quickly replaced the poster and apologized. Now that the movie is out there for public consumption, well, it hasn’t exactly gotten better.

In a classic “depiction equals endorsement” firestorm, the film has come under fire for the very thing it seeks to condemn. Yes, there are scenes where the actresses engage in “twerking” and use their would-be feminine whiles to get out of trouble, and the movie looks down upon these moments with a critical (but sympathetic) eye. If anything, the film follows the formula of Mean Girls, where our naive protagonist becomes the villain of her own story by acting out in ways that put even her new (more socially aware) friends at a distance. If this movie were about the dangers of underage drinking, you’d have to show kids getting drunk. This is the “Peter Rabbit lets Peter trigger Mr. McGregor’s blackberry allergy!” on proverbial steroids.

The TV-MA rating is mostly for profanity, and the film is a variation on the likes of Bend it Like Beckham and Whip It. Most of the oft-shared screenshots would be right at home in an episode of Dance Moms, a show that has run mostly without controversy for nine years and 224 episodes. It’s a personal, character-specific drama about a young girl who feels torn between a traditionalist gender-based roles (where she’s expected to cook dinner and smile as her father marries a second wife) and her exciting new friends who are entering a dance competition and see music video-style sexualization as the path to victory. It’s not a subtle film, and you can argue that its imagery crosses a line, but its intentions are pretty clear.

#CancelNetflix was the number one trending topic on Twitter this past Thursday. 626,000 people have signed a petition to cancel their subscriptions over the film. Conservative advocacy group Parents Television Council said in a statement Thursday that it “stands by its earlier criticism that the TV-MA-rated film sexualizes children.” Senator John Hawley sent a letter to Netflix to “please immediately remove this film from your platform.” Other GOP members of Congress, having nothing more important to deal with, have recommended DOJ action (over a film that wasn’t made in America). The overall social media reaction to the film, well, do a Twitter search and knock yourself out. I’m not going to share the social media responses to critics like myself who actually watched and critiqued the film, but I will admit that “Okay groomer” is an almost clever variation on “Okay boomer.”

Whether this is genuine (if misinformed) displeasure or a coordinated effort by disingenuous parties, Cuties, a foreign-language pre-teen coming of age story that otherwise would have been mostly ignored, is today’s fourth-biggest movie. The film is not and never was intended as pedophilia propaganda or pedo-bait or any other slur you want to throw at it and it wouldn’t have even found much of an audience if not for online controversy (fueled by SEO-friendly media coverage) over its initial poster and now, via out-of-context screenshots, the movie itself. While these online controversies don’t move the needle for theatrical movies (think the pre-release handwringing over Tully’s grim treatment of post-partum depression), the ability to “see for yourself” just by staying at home and clicking a button made this outcome inevitable.

Beyond another “depiction doesn’t equal endorsement” debate, it’s another case of those desiring diverse stories from non-white storytellers then take issue when those stories don’t play out in an idealized fashion. It also turned what was a net-positive (an indie female-centric drama with a diverse cast from a Black newbie director) into a net-negative (seeing the poster in terms of pop culture’s tendency to over-sexualize non-white girls and women). This French drama about a poor Islamic young girl who (spoiler?) eventually finds a happy medium between the conflicting expectations of her traditionalist upbringing and modern pop culture, is a genuine Netflix hit. If any are watching it for prurient reasons, well, that’s the fault of the hand-wringers who brought the film to the public’s attention.

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VBTAI: Interest in Child Pornography Has Dramatically Increased Recently – Health – Apollo.lv – Woman

Similar information was expressed at a meeting of an expert group on a safer internet environment for children set up by the European Commission in June. Pornographic sites have more visits per month than Twitter, Netflix and Amazon resources combined over the same period.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that nude photos and other video materials of intimate content, which teenagers often send to each other, are more and more often distributed. Sometimes, in the event of a couple divorce, the other party distributes the nude or video pornographic content received to humiliate the former partner in retaliation for the termination of the relationship (revenge porn).

In such cases, a teenager whose nude photos or videos are distributed on the Internet and on pornographic content websites may feel a strong sense of shame and guilt.

It limits the possibility to seek help and increases the feeling of helplessness, humiliation and despair, which in turn increases the risk of suicide, says Anda Sauļūna, Deputy Director of the Family Support Department of the State Inspectorate for the Protection of the Rights of the Child.

Sending your nude or intimate videos to others often carries a very high risk of being the victim of extortion (sextortion – sexual exploitation of minors). In this case, too, victims can have very strong, negative emotions, leading to an increased risk of autoaggression and suicide. In his later life, the teenager may be afraid to trust, build relationships with others, close oneself, and be isolated from other peers and loved ones.

Experts have emphasized the importance of including sexuality education issues in school and interest groups, because if they do not talk about these issues, children seek information themselves. When children and adolescents themselves try to find answers to questions related to sexuality, they use the Internet, while the first resources found on the Internet do not adequately reflect the topic of sexuality – often the first sources found by a child or adolescent are pornographic. content material sites.

Dr. Gail Dines and colleagues have conducted a study analyzing videos available on pornographic content sites that appear first when they open a page. The researchers found that 90% of these videos contained very aggressive sexual activity as well as emotional and physical abuse. This allows us to conclude that children and adolescents, looking for information that is important to them, easily find inappropriate, unrealistic materials, which are accepted as the norm and reality.

This is in part due to the unjustified widespread perception of “boys are just boys” in society – that overly sexualized environments for boys are appropriate and normal, all boys are definitely interested in pornographic content and viewing these materials is normal, often encouraging boys to watch such materials and “learn” from them.

At the same time, another worrying trend was discussed during the meeting – the normalization of violence against girls in society. It has been recorded that special websites are being created for young girls with various sexual suggestions on starting a sexual life, partner satisfaction, for example – how to reduce physical pain during sexual intercourse, at the same time not to give up activities that cause physical pain and discuss borders with a partner.

Such pages are both pornographic material and freely accessible pages that are relevant to teenagers (such as Teen Vogue).

Information has been received from Europol that perpetrators of child abuse on the Internet have developed guidelines with recommendations on how to connect with children more effectively and subject them to their will.

The meeting concluded that it is important to continue educating the public to avoid the normalization of violence and aggression, especially among adolescents. Adequate, realistic information must be provided, assuming that it is normal to be ashamed to talk about the subject, but it is not acceptable to leave children in an information vacuum that leads to adolescents’ own research, during which they obtain inappropriate, sometimes traumatic, information.

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Amazon France withdraws child-like sex dolls from sale

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In France, associations denounced the sale on Amazon of sex dolls representing children. The platform eventually withdrew these products at the request of the French Government.

The online sales platform Amazon finally removed “child-like sex dolls” from its site following a mobilization of associations, French Secretary of State for Children and Families, Adrien Taquet, said on Twitter on Monday.

“Following the alerts from the associations that I am grateful for, I asked Amazon France to end the commercialization of sex dolls with the effigy of children on its platform,” explained Adrien Taquet on Twitter, “which Amazon France did immediately pledging to remain vigilant “.

A spokesperson for the platform pointed out that “the protection of children and adolescents is a priority for us. All selling partners are obliged to follow our sales policies and any breach will lead to the application of appropriate measures, including in particular the possible deletion of the seller’s account ”.

“Banning pedocriminality in our society is everyone’s responsibility,” said Taquet, who is to create an “independent commission on sexual violence against children” in the fall, as he announced in early August.

Alert given by an association

The International Association of Incest Victims (AIVI) had alerted on Saturday on its Twitter account about these “pedophile sex dolls.” These objects are “illegal because article 227-23 of the Penal Code prohibits the representation of a minor when this representation has a pornographic character,” he indicated.

AIVI also deplores the lack of means to report illegal content on Amazon. “It is impossible to report this type of content on Amazon as it may be the case on social networks. However, these dolls did not respect the company’s regulations,” Isabelle Aubry, the president of the association, told Le Figaro newspaper.

The association, which welcomed Adrien Taquet’s “swift intervention”, recalled that such a case had already occurred at Amazon in 2018, this time in the UK.

The Asociation Wanted Pedo was the first to denounce these practices in an article published on its website on August 14.

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“I went up behind and touched my bra.” Details of the story about a Perm teacher who was given 9 years for harassing a student

– It is difficult to build forecasts, but I believe in the best. I feel sorry for mom, she is very worried, it has been going on for more than a year, – said “KP» 49-year-old math teacher Valery Syropyatov and, with a sigh, he entered the courtroom.

On Monday in the Ordzhonikidze court Perm the teacher was sentenced under the article “Violent acts of a sexual nature”. The sentence is 9 years and 6 months in a maximum security colony.

“The girl begged the three”

This ugly story happened in March last year in a Perm school. According to the teacher, she looked like this:

– In the seventh grade, where the girl studied, I taught mathematics for the first year. In the first quarter, she deceived me, I believed and put the “troika”. But there must be an educational moment. I told her that now she will hand over all the work in the sequence in which they are studied. And until we get to the control for the third quarter, the final mark at her will not be!

On that day, March 27, several students came to the mathematician to take the “tails”.

“Everyone sat at their desks and did the work, and once again she decided to slip away,” the teacher continues. – I began to ask myself, said that her stomach ached, her head … I insisted: “Decide the control, get your” threefold “and you can step on all four sides. If it’s inconvenient for you to study in the classroom – the children are noisy – let’s go to another office. ” We left, she stood at the table and again began to whine. I sit at the table and tell her: “Go, decide!” The man does not leave, I waved. I am sitting, she is standing – where will i get? Here in the belt on the side with the back of the hand and hit. It turned out cotton. I admitted this, and was removed by the director from teaching in this class. I apologized and believed that the incident had been exhausted.

Soon, the information got into law enforcement. First, criminal proceedings were instituted for Art. Art. 135 of the Criminal Code RF “Depraved actions”, and after six months the investigations were re-qualified as more serious, Art. 132 “Violent acts of a sexual nature.”

At each meeting, teachers supported

To the court – at each hearing in the Valery case Syropyatova – a support group gathered: former graduates, colleagues, parents of students … 17 of them acted as witnesses from the defense. They all said that they could not believe the guilt of their beloved teacher. He does not smoke, does sports, organizes excursions around the Perm Territory and cities for children Of Russiaorganizes competitions in rogain, tourist trips, alloys, fees …

Despite all the kind words spoken to the defendant, the state prosecution requested 13 years of imprisonment for him.

Valery Syropyatov on the day the sentence was announced, we met near the courthouse. He was light, without things. As the teacher himself explained, he believed that the court would figure it out and justify it.

“I’ve already checked in, now I’ll take a little walk, breathe in fresh air, mentally tune in and go,” he explained before entering the courtroom.

Despite the fact that the process was closed, the journalists and the support group were allowed to announce the verdict.

It was impossible to understand what the teacher experienced at that moment when the judge said “nine and a half years in a maximum security colony”, the teacher’s face was hidden under a mask. And the former graduates and colleagues who were present at the announcement somehow immediately went down. Someone could not hold back tears.

– Do you understand the verdict and the procedure for appealing against it?

“Yes, your honor,” the convict answered calmly.

At that moment, three escorts entered the courtroom. Knowing the rules of staying in places of deprivation of liberty — the teacher spent three days in a pre-trial detention center while the investigation was under way — the teacher began to unfasten his belt in order to remove it, took money from his pockets, a cell phone and gave it to a relative. The guards locked handcuffs on his hands, and asked all those present to leave the courtroom.

It was impossible to understand what the teacher experienced at that moment when the judge said “nine and a half years in a maximum security colony”, the teacher’s face was hidden under a mask.Photo: Vasily Vakhrin

I closed and he pushed my hands away

– The criminal case was considered in closed court, so we can’t explain the details, you heard the verdict, the evidence that the prosecution presented to the court was enough to plead guilty to a particularly serious crime against the sexual integrity of a minor, therefore the sentence so big – said assistant to the prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze district of Perm, Dmitry Shishkin. – And that slap, and the version that the defendant himself told everyone about, including in the media, is a way of protection.

As it became known to “Komsomolskaya Pravda” from a source familiar with the materials of the criminal case, one of the evidence presented in court was the correspondence of the seventh grader with his girlfriend in social networks. Late in the evening on the day of math retaking, the schoolgirl wrote to her close friend that she was at school, and the teacher took her to a separate office, put her at her desk, walked up behind and began to touch her bra.

“I sat at the table, he was at the back and was pawing me,” she wrote. – I tried to close my hands, and he pushed his hands and touched me by the chest.

Experts examined the girl for bruises and the only thing found on her body was a small scratch on her finger.

The accusation was also based on the words of the girl, her mother and friend. Investigators also found a video from school surveillance cameras, which shows how one of the schoolgirls told Valery Nikolaevich that she had passed the debt, and he leaned over and began to say in her ear that she was good. This was interpreted later as a kiss.

During the investigation, a forensic medical examination was carried out, the biological traces of the teacher on the things of the victim were not found. The teacher was also tested for a tendency to pedophilia, but the result was negative.

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“I went up behind and touched my bra.” Details of the story about a Perm teacher who was given 9 years for harassing a student

– It is difficult to build forecasts, but I believe in the best. I feel sorry for mom, she is very worried, it has been going on for more than a year, – said “KP» 49-year-old math teacher Valery Syropyatov and, with a sigh, he entered the courtroom.

On Monday in the Ordzhonikidze court Perm the teacher was sentenced under the article “Violent acts of a sexual nature”. The sentence is 9 years and 6 months in a maximum security colony.

“The girl begged the three”

This ugly story happened in March last year in a Perm school. According to the teacher, she looked like this:

– In the seventh grade, where the girl studied, I taught mathematics for the first year. In the first quarter, she deceived me, I believed and put the “troika”. But there must be an educational moment. I told her that now she will hand over all the work in the sequence in which they are studied. And until we get to the control for the third quarter, the final mark at her will not be!

On that day, March 27, several students came to the mathematician to take the “tails”.

“Everyone sat at their desks and did the work, and once again she decided to slip away,” the teacher continues. – I began to ask myself, said that her stomach ached, her head … I insisted: “Decide the control, get your” threefold “and you can step on all four sides. If it’s inconvenient for you to study in the classroom – the children are noisy – let’s go to another office. ” We left, she stood at the table and again began to whine. I sit at the table and tell her: “Go, decide!” The man does not leave, I waved. I am sitting, she is standing – where will i get? Here in the belt on the side with the back of the hand and hit. It turned out cotton. I admitted this, and was removed by the director from teaching in this class. I apologized and believed that the incident had been exhausted.

Soon, the information got into law enforcement. First, criminal proceedings were instituted for Art. Art. 135 of the Criminal Code RF “Depraved actions”, and after six months the investigations were re-qualified as more serious, Art. 132 “Violent acts of a sexual nature.”

At each meeting, teachers supported

To the court – at each hearing in the Valery case Syropyatova – a support group gathered: former graduates, colleagues, parents of students … 17 of them acted as witnesses from the defense. They all said that they could not believe the guilt of their beloved teacher. He does not smoke, does sports, organizes excursions around the Perm Territory and cities for children Of Russiaorganizes competitions in rogain, tourist trips, alloys, fees …

Despite all the kind words spoken to the defendant, the state prosecution requested 13 years of imprisonment for him.

Valery Syropyatov on the day the sentence was announced, we met near the courthouse. He was light, without things. As the teacher himself explained, he believed that the court would figure it out and justify it.

“I’ve already checked in, now I’ll take a little walk, breathe in fresh air, mentally tune in and go,” he explained before entering the courtroom.

Despite the fact that the process was closed, the journalists and the support group were allowed to announce the verdict.

It was impossible to understand what the teacher experienced at that moment when the judge said “nine and a half years in a maximum security colony”, the teacher’s face was hidden under a mask. And the former graduates and colleagues who were present at the announcement somehow immediately went down. Someone could not hold back tears.

– Do you understand the verdict and the procedure for appealing against it?

“Yes, your honor,” the convict answered calmly.

At that moment, three escorts entered the courtroom. Knowing the rules of staying in places of deprivation of liberty — the teacher spent three days in a pre-trial detention center while the investigation was under way — the teacher began to unfasten his belt in order to remove it, took money from his pockets, a cell phone and gave it to a relative. The guards locked handcuffs on his hands, and asked all those present to leave the courtroom.

It was impossible to understand what the teacher experienced at that moment when the judge said “nine and a half years in a maximum security colony”, the teacher’s face was hidden under a mask.Photo: Vasily Vakhrin

I closed and he pushed my hands away

– The criminal case was considered in closed court, so we can’t explain the details, you heard the verdict, the evidence that the prosecution presented to the court was enough to plead guilty to a particularly serious crime against the sexual integrity of a minor, therefore the sentence so big – said assistant to the prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze district of Perm, Dmitry Shishkin. – And that slap, and the version that the defendant himself told everyone about, including in the media, is a way of protection.

As it became known to “Komsomolskaya Pravda” from a source familiar with the materials of the criminal case, one of the evidence presented in court was the correspondence of the seventh grader with his girlfriend in social networks. Late in the evening on the day of math retaking, the schoolgirl wrote to her close friend that she was at school, and the teacher took her to a separate office, put her at her desk, walked up behind and began to touch her bra.

“I sat at the table, he was at the back and was pawing me,” she wrote. – I tried to close my hands, and he pushed his hands and touched me by the chest.

Experts examined the girl for bruises and the only thing found on her body was a small scratch on her finger.

The accusation was also based on the words of the girl, her mother and friend. Investigators also found a video from school surveillance cameras, which shows how one of the schoolgirls told Valery Nikolaevich that she had passed the debt, and he leaned over and began to say in her ear that she was good. This was interpreted later as a kiss.

During the investigation, a forensic medical examination was carried out, the biological traces of the teacher on the things of the victim were not found. The teacher was also tested for a tendency to pedophilia, but the result was negative.

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“Sex scandal” in Perm: a math teacher shines 13 years for a slap on the priest of the seventh grader

In an interview with Komsomolka, the teacher told his version of events [видео] (More …)

In Perm, 17 graduates spoke at the trial in defense of a mathematics teacher who faces 13 years for a slap on the priest of a seventh grader

Among them were police officers and lawyers [видео] (More …)

“Having heard the verdict, he took off his belt.” In Perm, the teacher received 9 and a half years for a slap on the student’s priest

Valery Syropyatov was handcuffed in the courtroom (More …)

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“I went up behind and touched my bra.” Details of the story about a Perm teacher who was given 9 years for harassing a student

– It is difficult to build forecasts, but I believe in the best. I feel sorry for mom, she is very worried, it has been going on for more than a year, – said “KP» 49-year-old math teacher Valery Syropyatov and, with a sigh, he entered the courtroom.

On Monday in the Ordzhonikidze court Perm the teacher was sentenced under the article “Violent acts of a sexual nature”. The sentence is 9 years and 6 months in a maximum security colony.

“The girl begged the three”

This ugly story happened in March last year in a Perm school. According to the teacher, she looked like this:

– In the seventh grade, where the girl studied, I taught mathematics for the first year. In the first quarter, she deceived me, I believed and put the “troika”. But there must be an educational moment. I told her that now she will hand over all the work in the sequence in which they are studied. And until we get to the control for the third quarter, the final mark at her will not be!

On that day, March 27, several students came to the mathematician to take the “tails”.

“Everyone sat at their desks and did the work, and once again she decided to slip away,” the teacher continues. – I began to ask myself, said that her stomach ached, her head … I insisted: “Decide the control, get your” threefold “and you can step on all four sides. If it’s inconvenient for you to study in the classroom – the children are noisy – let’s go to another office. ” We left, she stood at the table and again began to whine. I sit at the table and tell her: “Go, decide!” The man does not leave, I waved. I am sitting, she is standing – where will i get? Here in the belt on the side with the back of the hand and hit. It turned out cotton. I admitted this, and was removed by the director from teaching in this class. I apologized and believed that the incident had been exhausted.

Soon, the information got into law enforcement. First, criminal proceedings were instituted for Art. Art. 135 of the Criminal Code RF “Depraved actions”, and after six months the investigations were re-qualified as more serious, Art. 132 “Violent acts of a sexual nature.”

At each meeting, teachers supported

To the court – at each hearing in the Valery case Syropyatova – a support group gathered: former graduates, colleagues, parents of students … 17 of them acted as witnesses from the defense. They all said that they could not believe the guilt of their beloved teacher. He does not smoke, does sports, organizes excursions around the Perm Territory and cities for children Of Russiaorganizes competitions in rogain, tourist trips, alloys, fees …

Despite all the kind words spoken to the defendant, the state prosecution requested 13 years of imprisonment for him.

Valery Syropyatov on the day the sentence was announced, we met near the courthouse. He was light, without things. As the teacher himself explained, he believed that the court would figure it out and justify it.

“I’ve already checked in, now I’ll take a little walk, breathe in fresh air, mentally tune in and go,” he explained before entering the courtroom.

Despite the fact that the process was closed, the journalists and the support group were allowed to announce the verdict.

It was impossible to understand what the teacher experienced at that moment when the judge said “nine and a half years in a maximum security colony”, the teacher’s face was hidden under a mask. And the former graduates and colleagues who were present at the announcement somehow immediately went down. Someone could not hold back tears.

– Do you understand the verdict and the procedure for appealing against it?

“Yes, your honor,” the convict answered calmly.

At that moment, three escorts entered the courtroom. Knowing the rules of staying in places of deprivation of liberty — the teacher spent three days in a pre-trial detention center while the investigation was under way — the teacher began to unfasten his belt in order to remove it, took money from his pockets, a cell phone and gave it to a relative. The guards locked handcuffs on his hands, and asked all those present to leave the courtroom.

It was impossible to understand what the teacher experienced at that moment when the judge said “nine and a half years in a maximum security colony”, the teacher’s face was hidden under a mask.Photo: Vasily Vakhrin

I closed and he pushed my hands away

– The criminal case was considered in closed court, so we can’t explain the details, you heard the verdict, the evidence that the prosecution presented to the court was enough to plead guilty to a particularly serious crime against the sexual integrity of a minor, therefore the sentence so big – said assistant to the prosecutor of the Ordzhonikidze district of Perm, Dmitry Shishkin. – And that slap, and the version that the defendant himself told everyone about, including in the media, is a way of protection.

As it became known to “Komsomolskaya Pravda” from a source familiar with the materials of the criminal case, one of the evidence presented in court was the correspondence of the seventh grader with his girlfriend in social networks. Late in the evening on the day of math retaking, the schoolgirl wrote to her close friend that she was at school, and the teacher took her to a separate office, put her at her desk, walked up behind and began to touch her bra.

“I sat at the table, he was at the back and was pawing me,” she wrote. – I tried to close my hands, and he pushed his hands and touched me by the chest.

Experts examined the girl for bruises and the only thing found on her body was a small scratch on her finger.

The accusation was also based on the words of the girl, her mother and friend. Investigators also found a video from school surveillance cameras, which shows how one of the schoolgirls told Valery Nikolaevich that she had passed the debt, and he leaned over and began to say in her ear that she was good. This was interpreted later as a kiss.

During the investigation, a forensic medical examination was carried out, the biological traces of the teacher on the things of the victim were not found. The teacher was also tested for a tendency to pedophilia, but the result was negative.

READ ALSO:

“Sex scandal” in Perm: a math teacher shines 13 years for a slap on the priest of the seventh grader

In an interview with Komsomolka, the teacher told his version of events [видео] (More …)

In Perm, 17 graduates spoke at the trial in defense of a mathematics teacher who faces 13 years for a slap on the priest of a seventh grader

Among them were police officers and lawyers [видео] (More …)

“Having heard the verdict, he took off his belt.” In Perm, the teacher received 9 and a half years for a slap on the student’s priest

Valery Syropyatov was handcuffed in the courtroom (More …)

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In Germany, 30,000 suspected pedophiles in the crosshairs

Germany is carrying out a large-scale investigation which suspects up to 30,000 people of pedophile activities on the Internet. It is one of the largest such cases in the country, while tougher sentences for perpetrators are under debate.

“I did not expect, even from afar, the extent of child abuse on the net”, was alarmed at a press conference Peter Biesenbach, Minister of Justice for the region of North Rhine-Westphalia (in the west of the country) where the scandal broke out last fall. The investigators were alerted by Canadian police officers who discovered child pornography content from this region. A 42-year-old man was arrested in Bergisch Gladbach, near Cologne, whose trial is scheduled to start in August. Large quantities of child pornography had been found in his apartment.

Following this arrest, the police uncovered the existence of various discussion groups with several thousand participants who are in the crosshairs of German justice. So far, at least 40 victims have been identified in the context of this case.

Out of anonymity all users of pedophile networks on the net

“We want to get out of the anonymity of the Internet the perpetrators who abuse children and those who support themsaid the Minister of Justice. Authors who communicate in the forums consider child abuse to be “normal” and find a large number of like-minded people. The inhibition thresholds drop. “ Peter Biesenbach added: “If we are to actively combat child abuse on the Internet, we must also talk about the legal regulations on data storage. One cannot work without the other ”.

Since the first arrest in Bergisch Gladbach in October 2019, more than 70 suspects have been identified across Germany. Several are currently on trial. Last May, a 27-year-old soldier was sentenced to ten years in prison and placed in a mental hospital. Thanks to the seizure of videos and photos in the man’s cellar, 11 other people were arrested in early June.

Towards tougher sentences

This investigation comes after several cases of pedophilia revealed in recent years and which have shocked the country. Yes “More and more cases of abuse are being revealed” in North Rhine-Westphalia, it is thanks to the increased investigation in the region, explains Michael Maatz, vice-president of a police union. “We must therefore expect that in the coming months, other networks of pedophiles will be exposed”, he warned.

→ PORTRAIT. Fabien Lefèvre, an educator against pedophile crime

The new revelations at the beginning of June on the disappearance 13 years ago in Portugal of the small British Maddie McCann, and the identification of a new suspect, in detention in Kiel (North), propelled in the public debate the need for increased severity against the perpetrators of pedophile crimes. Several political leaders are now demanding the lifting of anonymity for anyone distributing or receiving child pornography.

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Amid the coronavirus, the former pediatric pediatrician appeared: Medicine lost one of its best men

BUENOS AIRES.- (Drafting Critical Voices) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the former pediatrician of the Garrahan Hospital, Ricardo RussoHe assured that with his arrest “medicine lost one of its best men”. The subject was sentenced to 10 years in prison for pedophilia.

In dialogue with Clarn, he former doctor He said referring to himself: “There is one less connoisseur in the city, in the country and in the world, who can collaborate in therapies for the treatment of the disease. A pity for society. No? Medicine lost one of its best mens.

In this line Ricardo Russo He continued: They call me colleagues and patients for the coronavirus but also for other medical reasons, because I am a professional who has been trained in different areas of medicine, not only in rheumatology. Due to the arbitrary decision of a judge, I cannot practice medicine, but nobody deprives me of being able to advise or give my opinion. “

On the other hand the ex pediatrician He indicated that, in light of the exceptions recently decreed by the Chamber of Criminal Cassation of the province of Buenos Aires, he could request house arrest because he is condemned in the first instance and is in preventive detention: “The Procedural Code says that until he has been sentenced firm will have to be released. I have a benign tumor in the esophagus for now, a dorsal scoliosis and pulmonary sequelae due to tuberculosis, “he explained.

Also the accused He compared his cause with the coronavirus and launched: “When Justice dies, one sees oneself in the desert, faced with helplessness and absolute solitude. I feel orphaned, helpless. But just as the coronavirus appeared and changed the world, I have Hope for tomorrow, in which there will be something better for me. Just as I hope that this virus disappears and there are no more deaths, personally I hope to go home. “

In another section of the interview Russo revealed that he wrote a book with “his truth” to defend his name. “I have a wealth of material gathered on how the trial unfolded, along with recent writings on how I got where I got … Everything will be part of a book. Now I am looking for a publisher, I already have contact with two. I am interested in knowing it at the level national and global. My prestige was affected on a planetary level, “said the former pediatrician of the Garrahan Hospital.

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Pope criticizes ″ unfair sentences ″ the day Cardinal Pell is released

A few hours after the decision of the Australian Supreme Court to overturn the conviction of Cardinal George Pell for sexual abuse of minors, Pope Francis went public this Tuesday to condemn “unjust” sentences against “innocent” people.

The Australian Supreme Court overturned five counts of sexual abuse by two 13-year-old boys in the 1990s, abruptly ending the Catholic Church’s best-known pedophilia case. Pell had been sentenced to six years in prison and had been in prison since 2019. But with this decision he was released, having already left Leebong prison in Australia.

The roads were even closed so that the ‘train’ of vehicles following Pell could reach a monastery in eastern Melbourne, where it is now. The high court’s decision came during Holy Week, the most significant week on the Christian calendar. Pell is a former Vatican treasurer.

In an official reaction, the Vatican said it “welcomed” the Australian Supreme Court’s decision, pointing out that Pell, 78, has firmly maintained his innocence during a long court case. Pope Francis published a message in the tweet that was understood by many as a comment on the case.

“In these days of Lent, we have witnessed the persecution that Jesus suffered and how he was judged fiercely, even though he was innocent,” said the pope on twitter.

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Polanski rewarded, feminist collectives reassembled

On the cheeks of feminist activists, Friday evening, tears. Not those caused by tear gas, dispersed all over the place by the police when they tried to invite themselves on the red carpet, but those of anger. Sensation of not having been heard, of having been despised, reduced to silence by the plebiscite of Roman Polanski, crowned best director by the Academy of Caesars. The collages on the front of the Pleyel hall, the placards, the fierce slogans towards the filmmaker, targeted by several rape accusations and including the film I accuse has been appointed twelve times, will have remained a dead letter.

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More fractured than ever, the heart of French cinema split on Friday into two evenings. Indignant, guests shunned the traditional “after” at Fouquet’s, preferring to go to Perchoir, bar-restaurant in eastern Paris where the collective 50/50, which works for equality and diversity in cinema, had organized a back evening. “Like many, we felt combative shame, anger and sadness, but we bet that this vote is the last burst of a moribund conservative academy doomed to be reborn”, said in a press release the collective, explaining also that he was participating in the redesign of the academy in order to rejuvenate the average age, to balance the parity and “To include ethnic and social mix”.

“I didn’t think they would dare to give the Cesar of the best director to Polanski, loose, for its part, Pauline Baron, coordinator of the collective #NousToutes. I imagined that the film had the César award for best costume because it was not he who would have been rewarded strictly speaking. But the César Award for Best Director is so shocking! They knew that this award was going to ignite the powder. There, he’s the famous man, ignoring the accusations. ”

“Lyrics”

So therefore the academy sent this “Bad symbol in relation to the necessary awareness that we must all have in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence”, in the words of the Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, before the ceremony. “To distinguish Polanski is to spit in the face of all the victims”, cite several feminist collectives, readily taking up the words of Adèle Haenel in an interview with New York Times. Become figurehead of the movement, the actress marked the spirits Friday evening by leaving the room as soon as the award to Polanski announced, by claiming “shame !” then applauding in the corridors: “Long live pedophilia, well done pedophilia, well done!” Attitude greeted by Alice Coffin, activist of the collective La Barbe and present at the gathering in front of the Salle Pleyel: “It is to confront all the participants with what they were doing: a celebration of pedocrime, rape, macho violence. It was also, let’s say, an energy of despair. “

Castigating a ceremony “Slumped in thanks”, not taking into account the political issues that run through it, Adèle Haenel has since declared to Mediapart : “They wanted to separate man from the artist, they are separating artists from the world today.” Present at the Perchoir alongside the team Portrait of the girl on fire, from Céline Sciamma, she added: “They think they are defending freedom of expression, in reality they are defending their monopoly on speech. What they did last night was to silence us, to force us to keep quiet. They don’t want to hear our stories. And any word which does not come from their ranks, which does not go in their direction, is regarded as not having to exist. “

Collages

On the Fouquet’s side, the guests could not escape the Polanski uneasiness for very long. “Each dinner participant heard us chanting slogans all night; none of us showed support ”, explain the activists of the “counter-academy of Caesars”. Angry with those who continue “To persist in making an artificial distinction between man and artist, de facto taking the side of the oppressor and condemning the victims”, they intend to continue covering Paris with their anti-Caesar and anti-Polanski collages.

Asking the government to go now beyond speeches and to grant real means to the fight against sexual violence, the collective #NousToutes organized Sunday evening an action to hang posters and stencils on the sidewalks, with the watchword “Distinguished Polanski, Insulted Victims”. But the next big meeting will take place in the street on March 8, International Day for the Fight for Women’s Rights, “To say again that neither the Academy of Caesars nor those who support them will stop us.”

Find the report of the evening and the prize list on Libé.fr.

Annabelle Martella photo Cha Gonzalez for Liberation

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