In the news recently there’s been a story running about two guys in Northern Ireland who have been castigated and threatened with being placed on the sex offenders register just because they fancied a cool dip in the sea on a hot day and went skinny dipping. The Police Service of Northern Ireland took to social media in a misguided attempt to warn others in the country not to follow suit in the hot weather and that skinny-dipping was not a good idea.
The message was clear it said
“We are treating this kind of behaviour extremely seriously and will be continuing to take action against anyone who decides to do the same. The PSNI also said :
“There are young children in these areas too” and went on to say “You could end up with a criminal record and placed on the sex offender register. Please enjoy the weather but be sensible.”
Myself and many other naturists are alarmed that a Police Force can issue such a threat when little or no offence has been caused to anyone. Surely to be placed on a sex offenders register you have to first actually commit as sexual offence and simply being naked with no actual sexual intent cannot be counted in this so called violation. When you have World Naked Bike Rides in many cities around the globe and Public Naturist beaches in and around many coastal towns and have no arrests you cannot deem simply being naked a sex offence.
Police forces around the UK and maybe around the world have a very heavy handed approach to nudity and seem to be led by the very the prudish attitude generated by public opinion. To say a skinny dipper is a sexual thereat to anyone is discriminating against that particular person with out any just cause.It is doing it in the same way if comments made were of a blatantly racial, religious or sexual discriminatory nature and these days these actions are branded as crimes.
There is no actual proof that simple nudity of a non sexual kind is damaging to children anyway. It seems that by putting simple nudity in the ‘sex offence’ category the PSNI want to add another simple human pleasure to the “crimes committed” list on a ever growing statute book. Naturist & Skinny Dippers in the UK and around the world should stand up and fight back and say there’s nothing offensive about natural nudity and we won’t be discriminated against
I bet this lot enjoying the heat wave in 1911 (right) didn’t end up on the sex offenders register !