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Swedish court acquits man who masturbated in public
瑞典法院判決公然自慰男子無罪

People walk down a street in Stockholm, Sweden on Sept. 26.
民眾九月二十六日走在瑞典斯德哥爾摩的街道上。

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A court ruling in Sweden has set a new legal precedent that means it is acceptable to masturbate in public, as long as the act is not specifically directed at anyone.

The landmark judgment came after a 65-year-old man was caught touching himself on a beach in Stockholm.

He was initially charged with sexual assault, but was surprisingly acquitted by the Sodertorn District Court.

While the judgement stated that it, “may be proven that the man exposed himself and masturbated on this occasion,” it ruled that no offence had been committed.

Prosecutors pointed out that the law calls for the act to be directed at another person for it to count as a crime.

“For this to be a criminal offence it’s required that the sexual molestation was directed towards one or more people. I think the court’s judgement is reasonable,” public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told Swedish news Web site “the Local.”

“We can conclude that it is okay to masturbate on the beach, although the act may be considered to be disorderly conduct,” he said.

Scandinavians are known for their progressive thinking when it comes to social issues — maybe this is just a case of the Swedes trying to be more tolerant

(Liberty Times)

瑞典的法院樹立了新的判決先例,那就是公然手淫是可接受的,只要這項舉措並未特定針對任何人。

這項指標性判決是針對一名被逮到在斯德哥爾摩海灘觸摸下體的六十五歲男子。

他最初是被依性侵罪起訴,但出乎意料被索德托恩地方法院宣判無罪。

雖然判決指出,「男子被證明可能暴露與在當下自慰」,但卻裁定他沒有做出任何犯行。

檢察官指出,法律規定性侵罪需要有明確針對他人的行為,才可以構成犯罪。

「本案刑事犯罪要成立,需要這個性騷擾行為是針對一人或多人。我認為法院的判決是合理的」,檢察官奧立弗.瑞薩瑪告訴瑞典新聞網站《地方報》。

「我們可以歸結,在沙灘上手淫是沒問題的。(雖然)這個行為可能會被認為是不守秩序的表現」,他說。

每當提到社會議題,斯堪地納維亞人向來以他們進步的思維著稱,或許這次只是瑞典人想要試著變得更寬容。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳?軒)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. precedent n.

先例;慣例 ((xian1 li4; guan4 li4)

例: The case has created a precedent.

(這個案子創下了先例。)

2. molestation n.

折磨;妨礙;性騷擾 (zhe2 mo2; fang2 ai4; xing4 sao1 rao3)

例: Not all incidents of child molestation are perpetrated by pedophiles.

(不是所有幼童性騷擾案件都是戀童癖者做的。)

3. when it comes to ... phr.

提到 (ti2 dao4)

例: When it comes to math, I feel panic.

(提到數學,我就感到心慌。)


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