Public Masturbation Not a Crime, Rules Swedish Court

Happen to be strolling around Stockholm and feel like a quick, um, sensual release in public? Go ahead, no one's stopping you.

Yes, you read that right. A Swedish court recently acquitted a 65-year-old man who was caught masturbating in public in Stockholm back in June and was initially charged with sexual assault. He was found touching himself near the water at Drevviken beach. The Södertörn District Court ruled that although the man exposed himself in public, no offence had been committed because the man was not pleasuring himself towards another person.

You got to love the Swedish, especially since their first reaction wasn't to throw the man in jail for potentially "scarring" people around him. He's not hurting anyone and sometimes, nature calls. Just a few months ago, a Swedish man was caught on camera molesting bikes by puncturing the tires then pleasuring himself on them. Per Edström, one of the bike victims, didn't seem too disgusted.

"I am not scared of him, but mostly irritated over all the punctures I have had to fix," Edström said to Kvällsposten Daily.

Call it uncivilized or immoral but Sweden ranks #5 on the United Nations' 2013 World Happiness Report. Now who you calling crazy?

It's unclear what precedent this will set for future cases and if public masturbation will be allowed throughout Sweden but public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told the press that he wasn't planning to appeal the ruling and thought the court's argument was reasonable.

So did these people:





All in good time, Hormaz K. All in good time.

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Esha Ray

Esha Ray is a graduate of New York University where she received her B.A. in broadcast journalism and economics. She currently works for WNET New York Public Media as a production assistant. She's a fan of photography, traveling, and television marathons. Follow her on Twitter @TheEshaRay.

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