It was onlyÂ a matter of time before something like this happened; a fourteen year old girl and her mother are sueingÂ MySpace over an alledged sexual assault that occured after the girl met a 19 year-old offline.
The lawsuit, whichÂ was filed Monday in Travis County, Texas, claims that MySpace is aware that sexual predators get in touch with minors on the site, but do nothing to stop it.
They are seeking damages for fraud and negligence in misrepresenting the site’s security measures to protect minors.Â Additionally, the pair are seeking damages from Peter Solis, the accused 19-year-old, for alledged sexual assault and emotional distress.Â They are seeking compensation of no less than $30 million.
The girl first came into contact with Solis on MySpace on April 6, when she claims he said that he was a high school senior that played on the football team. Soon after, the girl gave him her cell phone number.Â The two met in person six days later, at which time they went on a date and the girl claims to have been sexually assaulted.
Okay, so where is MySpace responsible in all this?Â Was it not the girl who gave out her phone number and met up with the guy?Â And where were her parents in all of this?Â
It’s no different than people meeting over AOL, or any other internet service or chat room.Â Common sense tells you, the person you’re talking to online might not be who they say they are, so don’t give out your personal information or meet up with them unless you’ve set up extra precautions with a parent or something.
If the assault occurred, which in itself has not yet been proven, the ones I hold responsible are the young man, the girl, and her parents.Â The young man for doing, and the girl and her parents for being so damn naive and stupid and allowing the meetup to occur in the first place.
If they make any money off this from MySpace, I will be sick.Â So, what are thoughts on all this?