We just received this comment from Jenn regarding the topic of children being exposed to sexually explicit material on Goodreads.
The group that Carroll mentioned is not the only one that I have seen. Every time I go on Goodreads to check out new comments in my local book group, I can also see which groups have been most active recently. I saw one about role play, and got curious. So I clicked, and started reading some of the stories. They are horribly written, but I was disturbed by the intensity of it all. For the particular story I skimmed through, one of the players would start getting worked up if the other did not respond almost immediately. *shudders*
I logged on to my Goodreads just now to see what would “pop up” (sorry, couldn’t help myself) under the recent groups, and there is this one:
It can say Adults Only all it wants, but people can easily lie about their ages on these things. And their sex, and tons of other things.
And here is another:
So, we went over to these groups and after recovering from our initial shock, took a few screenshots this morning. Because of their sexually graphic nature, we will only publish links to the shots (of course you can always click on the links above to see the images as well).
Please note that the group, Sexual Roleplay, does say that it is for adults only, but it’s also a public group and anyone can join. Jenn is right when she says that any kid can create an account on GR and lie about their age. Unless they get caught by their parents, who’s going to know? As for Smitten Boudoir Role-Play, here are the rules and they say nothing about age.
When we get a chance later on today, we will be collecting more information on these groups to share with our readers. Anyone is welcome to copy this particular material from our blog and share it with others. We told Carroll we would help him anyway we can with his new blog. Others are welcome to as well. We want the word to get out that this material is just sitting out there on GR in the open, waiting for kids to stumble upon it and Goodreads is doing nothing to stop it.