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Flirting App Bans Kids after 3rd Rape Allegation

Laura Hosford-Yunker4 years ago

The mobile flirting application “SKOUT” has banned use by minors after three alleged child sexual assaults have been linked to the service, several news outlets are reporting. The SKOUT app, which is three years old and boasts 10 million users, works by connecting people who are in close geographical proximity to one another. Unfortunately, child molesters have reportedly taken to using SKOUT to find and abuse children.

SKOUT App Linked to Three Child Rapes

Reports indicate that child molesters have posed as teenagers on SKOUT in order to arrange meet ups with other teens. On June 14, 2012 the Huffington Post reported that:

  • Two girls under the age of 15 years old were allegedly been raped by adult men, ages 24 and 37, who were using the SKOUT app by pretending to be teenagers.
  • A 13-year-old boy was sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old man using the teenagers’ SKOUT app by posing as a teenage boy.

SKOUT Bans Use by Minors

  • After the three alleged assaults, SKOUT discontinued their teenager flirting app for the 13-17 year-old crowd.
  • The app is still available for use by adults ages 18 or older.
  • SKOUT also developed a “creepinator” which monitors their apps for nudity, sexual messages and profanity.
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