Ed note: The following is a press release issued by a lobby group, in which they name the Castlegar men who penned 'Deflowered in Seconds'. I agonized over whether to publish these names ... at first choosing not to, for fear of repercussions for myself and the young men involved. However, I now know this press release is being issued to many, many news organizations, country-wide, and the authors' anonymity is no longer at issue.
Furthermore, and far more importantly, to my thinking, is the fact that the authors are the ones who first published this to the Internet, thus relinquishing their rights to anonimity.
I contacted both young men, offering them an opportunity to share their side of the story and shed light on why they wrote 'Deflowered in Seconds', at the same time promising not to publish their names.
Both declined to even respond to my messages.
So, here's the press release in its entirety.
You decide whether I was right in running it - and please share your opinions with The Source.
Girls Advocacy Group calls for Charges against
Teen Sex Manual Authors Jason Osachoff and Curtis Delikatny
Vancouver girls’ rights organization Justice for Girls is calling on the Castlegar
RCMP to recommend charges against Jason Osachoff and Curtis Delikatny for
their production and distribution of a Facebook page that coaches young men to
sexually assault and exploit teen girls.
The Facebook page entitled “Deflower in Seconds” is a detailed manual on how
to sexually assault and exploit teenage girls as young as thirteen. 21 year old
Jason Osachoff launched the page on Facebook in February, 2011. As a result
of public outcry the page has since been removed from the site.
Annabel Webb, advocate at Justice for girls states, “There are grounds for
charges under child pornography laws that prohibit publishing material that
advocates child sexual abuse. These two men must be held accountable for
promoting hatred and sexual violence against teen girls.”
Webb goes on to question why the identities of these men have not been released: “We see no legal reason why the identities of the men who wrote the rape manual should be protected. They made a decision to publish this kind of misogyny and they saw no reason to hide their identities then so why should they be protected now?
"Girls in Castlegar have a right to know who is targeting them.”
Legal expert on pornography and sexual assault, UBC law Professor Janine
Benedet argues that despite the authors’ disclaimer charges should be laid:
“Detailed descriptions of how to sexually exploit girls who are not legally able to
consent because of age or intoxication, or advice to coerce sex by threatening
girls with the release of nude photos, are examples of child pornography
prohibited by the Criminal Code. They should not be immunized from
prosecution by tacking on a claim that it was only a joke.”
Justice for Girls is a federally funded non-profit organization that was
established in 1999 to promote support, justice, and equality for teenage girls.
Justice for Girls has engaged law and policy makers at local, provincial, federal,
and international levels and has appeared before numerous human rights
bodies domestically and internationally to address violence against teenage