This girl needs the support of her parents no matter what she does, says etc. If what she says is true, that her parents have vowed to never speak to her again, to me it means they are ashamed of their daughter for potentially bringing shame on them. But news stories come and go, family are there forever and I cannot comprehend any parent abandoning their child in the midst of what is a crisis.
They should of been standing by her side, through thick and thin at the airport. Speaking up for and protecting her rights as a child! Where are they? Seeking out a deal for themselves?
I am not sure who will have more regrets at the end of this, The girl, her parents or footballers using and abusing young girls.
UPDATE 9.41am: CHILD welfare authorities have expressed concern for the teen at the centre of the St Kilda nude picture scandal after she said her parents had abandoned her.
Arriving at Melbourne Airport last night, “Jane”, 17, also said she had no remorse over the internet photo row.
But Victoria’s Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary says he’s concerned about the welfare of the teenager, who has been branded “a malicious trouble maker” by St Kilda, which also said its players could seek damages through the Federal Court.
Commissioner Geary is concerned about how the situation is playing out, saying the girl has been “vilified as some sort of a monster”.
“This child is in danger, this child will be left at the end of this situation as a vilified person,” he told ABC Radio today.
He urged St Kilda to consider its handling of the case.
“Rather than (to) fly to the aid of players, (it should) understand that there’s a child in the centre of this,” Mr Geary said.
“I would (also) ask the public who are obviously giving this oxygen would they want their child to be in the same circumstance?”
The girl said yesterday she was unlikely to attend the Federal Court hearing today, and that her family had cut all ties with her because of the saga.
She says many have expressed support for her actions, but she said her parents have had enough, ordering her out of their home last night and driving her to tears for the first time in seven years.
“My parents have just left and told me I’m never going to speak to them again,” said the girl, who will now stay with friends.
St Kilda vice-president Ross Levin said that if awarded damages, the club had up to 15 years to recoup money from the girl.
“When you get an order for damages, in the event we are successful in our claim, the order continues to be valid for up to 15 years,” he said.
“In the event she tries to make money out of this, the misery she has caused to these players, then we’ll be looking for that money.”
Jane said she was worried about court proceedings against her.
She now claims to be seeking a deal to release further photos as part of her story – despite a court order forbidding their release.
She denied any remorse.
“Not at all, because they (the footballers) had what was coming to them,” she said.
“They can’t take advantage of girls like that.”
She said given her time again she would still have posted the photos, though not through Facebook.
“I would have done it anonymously, because I am actually really scared about what’s going to happen,” she said.
Among supporters of the teen are other women who have posted messages claiming to have been mistreated by footballers.
“In a way I feel as though I have been successful in releasing the photos and letting other girls realise what they (players) are like,” she said.
The girl and the players embroiled in the saga were no-shows at a Federal Court hearing yesterday. But an order banning her from posting lewd images, allegedly taken from Sam Gilbert‘s computer, was extended and another court date fixed for today.
Lawyers will tell her via Twitter, and other electronic means, to be in court at 2.15pm today.
Although winning an order to stop her publishing the photos again, counsel for Gilbert will press for all images and other content allegedly stolen from his computer to be destroyed.
Then they will sue for damages, breach of confidence, and copyright.
A lawyer for Facebook, Matthew Lewis, undertook that the site would take down any posting of the images by the girl.