Skam Storyline Earns Recognition From Norwegian Police

Skam (Shame), which recently won Best TV Drama, Best New Series, and Innovation Of The Year at the 2016 Gullruten Awards, has been praised by Norway’s Police Net Patrol for its handling of a date rape storyline.

In a recent episode Noora wakes up naked in bed after a party, with no memory of the night before and she doesn’t know if she had sex. Later, Noora confronts Nicolai about the night in question because he has naked pictures of her on his mobile:

“You should study law, because then you might not be in the situation you are in now. You are in a situation where you’re going to be convicted of child pornography.”

“According to Penal Code 204a the penalty for producing and possessing material that sexualises children is imprisonment for up to three years.”

“And because I’m under eighteen, according to Norwegian law I’m still a child. So there you have a naked picture of me, that you have taken without my consent, so not only is it illegal that you took it, but it’s also illegal that you kept it on your phone.”

“So if I were you, I’d be damn careful not to share it.”

This prompted Norway’s Police Net Patrol to praise the show on its Facebook page:

“Way to go, Noora!.. Noora refers to the old Penal Code in terms of the naked pictures of her, but what Niko has done is still a criminal offence, and this provision is found in Penal Code §311.”

A third series of Skam was confirmed last week at Nordic Media Days.