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30% girls meet web strangers

world Updated: Jan 14, 2013 23:15 IST
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30% of teenagers have met strangers that they chat up online without confirming their identity, according to a shocking new study.

“These meetings may have been benign, but for an adolescent girl to do it is dangerous,” says Jennie Noll, PhD, a psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the study’s author.

Moreover, abused or neglected teenage girls were more likely to present themselves online in a sexually provocative way than other teenage girls. Research shows that high-risk, online profiles are more likely to lead to offline meetings, according to Dr Noll.

“One patient told a story about a guy who started texting her a lot, and he seemed ‘really nice’. So she agreed to meet him at the mall, she got in his car, they drove somewhere and he raped her.”

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