A warning has gone out about online video games after a young girl’s avatar was reportedly “violently gang-raped on a playground” while the girl was playing the game Roblox.
The girl’s mother, Amber Petersen, penned a detailed Facebook post about the incident, which you can read by clicking here.
In the post, Petersen says in part: “While laying in bed with my daughter this morning, I was reading aloud to her from one of my favorite childhood chapter books. At the same time, she was playing her favorite game Roblox on her iPad while listening to the story. All of a sudden, she stopped me from reading and showed me her screen.
“At first, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. My sweet and innocent daughter’s avatar was being VIOLENTLY GANG-RAPED ON A PLAYGROUND by two males. A female observer approached them and proceeded to jump on her body at the end of the act. Then the 3 characters ran away, leaving my daughter’s avatar laying on her face in the middle of the playground.”
The North Carolina woman said the incident left her “feeling quite traumatized and violated on so many levels. After what just took place this morning, I’m actually questioning whether or not I should allow my precious 7-year-old daughter to have access to a screen ever again. It’s THAT bad.”
The Roblox site is reportedly recommended for children age 7 and older, and has 64 million users.
Roblox said in a statement: “We have identified how this bad actor created the offending action and are putting additional safeguards in place to reduce the possibility of this happening again in the future.”
The statement also says: “We have zero tolerance for this behavior. Our work to ensure a safe platform is always evolving and remains a top priority for us.”