Dating a sex offender
Department of Justice and state, territorial and tribal governments, working together for the safety of adults and children.If you are unsure of who to contact, the Child Welfare Information Gateway has a list of contacts.Sites such as Facebook and already forbid sex offenders from using their sites in their terms of service.So the Louisiana law would simply put some legislative muscle behind that violation of the sites' TOS.In 2011 Carole Markin sued Match, after she was sexually assaulted on a second date by a man she met on the website.
So which sites are sex offenders actually allowed to use, where you might realistically see the awkward update to someone's status?
A Match Group spokesperson told CJI that since it's a paid, subscription service, the platform gathers more information from users than free apps like Tinder.
The spokesperson acknowledged that the free apps don't have nearly enough data for screening, adding, "There are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products."While Match makes efforts to screen its users for criminal history, that's a recent development that came about after a lawsuit. And, as Match itself advertises, one in five relationships now start online.
Match, as a paid site, has an easier time determining someone's real identity, because a credit card is attached to an account.
Increasingly, the digital space is getting as difficult to navigate for sex offenders as the real world can be given laws on where they can live.
Strolling through the terms of services on various sites, it looks like sex offenders can sign up for (or at least aren't explicitly banned from using) Ok Cupid, My Space, Foursquare, (Facebook-owned) Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linked In, to name a few.