Omegle Child Sexual Abuse

 

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Children today face many risks online, from cyberbullying to sexual abuse. Children have become targets of cyber predators, especially on sites that need no verification before use. Omegle is one such site that requires very little verification of your age before using their website.  If you have reason to believe that your child is a victim of Omegle child sexual abuse on the Omegle website, a lawyer can help. At Dolman Law Group, we care about your child's sexual abuse case and believe you should receive compensation for the harm you child and your family suffered. 

Omegle May Put Children at Risk

Omegle is an online site that allows strangers to virtually meet and chat anonymously through texting or video calls. It requires no registration or verification, so parties can begin to communicate after stating they are ‘18 years old' or ‘under guardians' supervision between 13 and 18 years old.'  The site gained popularity during the pandemic as people wanted to interact with others outside their homes while the lockdowns were in place. Omegle has an adult section that is accessed by confirming that you are 18 years or older by a simple prompt. Omegle does not seek to verify the information the user provides. With this lack of verification, predators can hurt children by sending sexually explicit pictures, texts and even pressuring the child to send similar messages back to them. 

Signs Your Child May be a Victim of Abuse

As a parent, it's important to be aware of your child's emotional and physical health. Watching for signs in their daily mood is the fastest way to tell if your child is okay and to try to understand what could be bothering them. Some signs that your child may be in danger include:
  • Secluding themselves from the family
  • Sudden secretiveness
  • Sudden creation of password boundaries
  • Unease and being defensive
Notably, each child will react differently to circumstances. While it is crucial to pay attention to cyberbullying, it is vital not to assume all mood changes point to online abuse.

The Guardian's Role

As a guardian, it is imperative to protect your child. For online threats like Omegle, it can be quite challenging to watch over your child and monitor every site they visit at all times. Cyber security experts agree that access limitations is the safest way to protect our children from online sexual harassment. If our children have no access to these websites, online predators cannot reach them. Make it a point to educate your children on safety while using the internet. As a parent, ensure your child knows the following:
  • They should not access sites containing adult content
  • They should know any dangers they risk by accessing mature websites
  • They should not share personal information with anyone, especially strangers online

Helping Your Child to Overcome Sexual Abuse

Child sexual abuse constitutes any form of sexual activity with a minor. According to the law, children cannot consent to any sexual activity. The law convicts anyone who engages a child in sexual activity. Some of the damages that guardians can pursue on behalf of their children include:
  • Exploitation
  • Personal injury
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sleep disorders
  • Trauma
It is important to note that there have been many cases of child sexual abuse originating from Omegle. If you suspect that your child has accessed Omegle and is the victim of sexual abuse, we recommend you reach out to us immediately to discuss your legal options.

Marsy's Law

There are laws to protect children from predators like those in Omegle, such as Marsy's Law, which protects victims of crimes  Once we take your case, we begin by conducting investigations to prove that the accused committed the federal crime of exploiting a child or children. Having established that they have, we move to prove that their actions caused personal injury to the child or children involved. We understand that wounds caused by sexual predators have adverse effects and can continue to haunt a family and the victim. We believe that these predators should be punished. Pretending they did not hurt your family does not mean they did not, and silence empowers them. You should know the following:
  • The statute of limitations (or the time limit for filing a lawsuit) on this offense can go as far as 10 years after the child turns 18 years old. Do not let these Omegle predators go free by delaying your suit.
  • If we can prove they are guilty of the offense, we can sue for damages. While we know it does not change what happened or heal the trauma, this money could be used to seek the help your child needs to overcome the ordeal..

Contact Dolman Law Group Today

Matters relating to sexual abuse are difficult, and we deal with these cases with compassion and sensitivity. We look to protect your child from Omegle online predators, and to get you compensation for the hurt caused.  If your child is a victim of Omegle child sexual abuse, reach out to Dolman Law Group  today to seek counsel from our attorneys.

Matthew Dolman

Clearwater Personal Injury and Insurance Attorney

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has represented over 11,000 injury victims and has served as lead counsel in over 1000 lawsuits. Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess or $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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