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November 22, 2023

Omegle: ‘How I got the dangerous chat site closed down’

  • “Alice” or “A.M.” as she is known in court documents, told the BBC that she demanded the website’s closure as part of an out-of-court settlement.
  • Alice reported that she feels “validated” by the “outpouring of gratitude” as people have been sharing disturbing stories about the site.
  • She has spent years fighting to get compensation, after being randomly paired with a paedophile who made her his digital sex slave.
  • The father of two, Ryan Fordyce was sentenced to eight years in prison in Canada, after collecting 220 images and videos of Alice from the age of 11, carrying out sexual acts under his duress over three years of abuse. He had done the same to five other girls, meeting and grooming three of them on Omegle.
  • Attorney Carrie Goldberg, who led the case with Naomi Leeds and Barb Long stated: “This was the first case where the platform could be held liable for the harm from one user to another and that’s largely because of our argument that the product design made the type of harm so foreseeable.”
  • Her case also sets a new precedent in US law, by holding a social platform liable for an incident of child trafficking.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Pupils at single-sex schools encouraged to mix more after sexual abuse campaign

  • A number of girls’ schools have increased their collaboration with local boys’ schools to ensure their pupils are not solely coming together at discos.
  • It comes after the Everyone’s Invited movement – a campaign on sexual harassment and abuse launched in 2021, which saw some pupils accuse their schools of not tackling a “rape culture.”
  • This year, teachers raised concerns that misogynistic views are spreading into schools due to social media influencers like Andrew Tate.
  • Alex Hutchinson, headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School, a private school in London, reported that the collaborative days with the local boys’ school means peers can “support each other in that progress” and develop “a basis of friendship through the years.”
  • Carl Howarth, principal of Jersey College for Girls, a private girls’ school on the island, told the conference he was concerned about the “deeply sinister spread” of the “manosphere” in society and stated: “We needed to make the meeting of boys and girls normal and not an issue – a non-event.”
  • For more, please visit the Yahoo News website.

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Gwynedd teacher accused of sexual communication with child

  • The 26-year-old man pleaded not guilty to the charge at Caernarfon Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was bailed.
  • The county council said he had been suspended from his school post until “all investigations have been completed.”
  • The man is also a member of a Welsh folk-rock band.
  • The band said in a statement that it learned of the allegations and “appropriate steps were taken immediately.”
  • They also reported: “The member in question will not take part in any of the band’s future performances.”
  • North Wales Police said it was aware of messages being shared on social media and urged the public not to speculate about the case.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.