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Dating Apps & Website Sexual Assault Claims

Florida Sexual Assault Attorneys Holding Dating Websites Accountable

The desire to find a mate is a powerful one. This is why, in today’s increasingly connected world, people are turning to dating websites in order to find a significant other. While these types of websites can yield great results, they can also result in the introduction of a dangerous individual. Typically the company which owns such a website or app will not be responsible for the conduct of its users. There are times, however, when it may be possible to show that the website allowed a dangerous condition to exist and, as a result, a victim was assaulted or otherwise harassed. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, you will need an experienced attorney to assist you in claims against the operator of a dating website. Our Florida dating website sexual assault attorneys are ready to assist you.

Dating Websites May Face Liability For Knowingly Allowing Violations Of Their Terms Of Services

Dating websites and applications will typically have terms of service that dictate limits on how people may interact with each other online. These terms of service will often include prohibitions against conduct that threatens, harasses, or otherwise endangers website users. It is also common for such websites to have a mechanism that allows users to report when others are violating those terms of service. If a website operator has been informed that a user is potentially dangerous and that user is allowed to remain on the platform, then the operator may face liability if that user harms someone. Establishing such liability can involve extensive discovery and complex legal theories. It will be important to retain a qualified lawyer to assist you in such matters.

Bringing Claims Against Individuals And Dating Websites

It is illegal under Florida law to demand payment for the non-release of sexually compromising photos, emails, text messages, etc. Demanding money to keep such materials private is often referred to as “sextortion.” Unfortunately, there are those who use dating websites as an avenue for meeting the victim of their next sextortion scheme. When such an act occurs, then the perpetrator can face civil liability in addition to criminal penalties. It may also be possible to bring a claim against the dating website itself if it can be shown that they had reason to know such conduct was occurring on their platform. 

Contact a Florida Dating Website Sexual Assault Attorney if You Were Victimized Through a Dating App or Site

If you have been raped, sexually assaulted, or otherwise victimized by someone you met on a dating website, then it is important that you contact law enforcement immediately. Once the police have been contacted, then it is important to remember that you have options. While financial compensation cannot “undo” the harm that was done to you, it can help to put your life back on track. Our Florida dating website sexual assault attorney understands the serious nature of such situations. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us online, by email at lewisteam@searcylaw.com or by telephone at 800-780-8607. Call today for an initial consultation.

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