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Concerns for girl who posted nude photos

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24-12-2010 08:11 AM

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ABC Canberra 666

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ABC Canberra 666

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24-12-2010 08:11 AM

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24-12-2010 08:46 AM

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2010-12-24 08:11:16

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EASTLEY, Tony

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LAUDER, Simon

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Victoria's Child Safety Commissioner has expressed concern for the girl at the centre of a legal
dispute with an AFL club. St Kilda officials have vowed to pursue all legal avenues against the
teenager, who published a naked photo of players, including the team captain Nick Riewoldt this
week.

TONY EASTLEY: Victoria's Child Safety Commissioner has expressed concern for the girl at the centre
of a legal dispute with a Victorian football club.

St Kilda officials have vowed to pursue all legal avenues against the teenager, who this week
published a naked photo of players, including the team captain Nick Riewoldt.

The girl, tagged by the tabloids as the Nude Avenger, says she's scared of what her future holds,
saying she's had death threats against her and the controversy has caused a split in her family.

Simon Lauder reports.

SIMON LAUDER: The girl was greeted by a media scrum as she flew into Melbourne last night.

TEENAGE GIRL: Um, my parents have just left and told me that I am never going to speak to them
again so...

REPORTER: How does that feel? It must be so scary. You're 17, having to deal with this all by
yourself.

TEENAGE GIRL: I can't really even explain what like, how I'm feeling right now.

SIMON LAUDER: The teenager has used social media websites to repeat her threats to post more photos
of naked footballers. She says it's a campaign of revenge after the way she was treated by players
and the AFL, after reports earlier this year that she was pregnant to an AFL player.

She describes herself as an immature 17-year-old who has been putting on a brave face and while she
has no regrets about what she's done, she's having second thoughts about her methods.

TEENAGE GIRL: I probably still would have done it except not via my Facebook. You know, I would
have done it anonymously or something because I am actually, yeah, really scared about what's going
to happen.

SIMON LAUDER: The Federal Court has extended an order preventing the girl from publishing or
distributing more photos of St Kilda football players on the internet.

St Kilda's vice-president, Ross Levin, says the club will do what it can to defend the reputation
of its players.

ROSS LEVIN: This is only the start of the legal process against her. The next stage is seeking that
this injunction becomes permanent and suing her for damages and costs for breach of copyright,
breach of confidence and also adding claims of deliberate infliction of mental distress and
trespass.

SIMON LAUDER: Although the girl says she's scared by the legal action she has more photos she's
prepared to publish in exchange for an opportunity to tell her story in full. But she says she's
trying not to think about the future.

Victoria's Child Safety Commissioner, Bernie Geary, says the teenager may not fully realise the
consequences of her actions and he's concerned about how the situation is playing out.

BERNIE GEARY: This is not the sort of danger that the state acts on but this child is in danger.
This child will be left at the end of this situation as a vilified person and as a person who is
going to have to live with all of this attention and I would hope that the club would sit back and
reflect on how they're handling this fact. Rather than fly to the aid of players, understand that
there is a child in the centre of this and, you know, once it presents to the court they have to
proceed.

Now let's do everything we can to protect a child.

SIMON LAUDER: What are your concerns for this 17-year-old girl?

BERNIE GEARY: My concerns are that she is a child, first of all, who seems to be being vilified as
some sort of a monster and I just would ask the public who are obviously giving this oxygen, would
they want their child to be in the same circumstance?

TONY EASTLEY: Victoria's Child Safety Commissioner, Bernie Geary, speaking to AM's Simon Lauder.