Mother warns about popular kids game following sexual assault portrayal

(Roblox Press Kit)
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A North Carolina mom is warning others after a game her child was playing featured a violent sexual assault.

Amber Peterson made a post on Facebook detailing what she witnessed as her 7-year-old daughter played the game Roblox.

"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," she wrote in the post. "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."

Roblox describes itself as "an entertainment platform that allows people to imagine, create, and play together across millions of user-created virtual worlds."

The company also says it offers "parental controls that allow for a selection of chat options (no chat, chat with friends, chat with everyone), account age visibility (13+ or <13), an account PIN code feature, and an Account Restrictions setting that only allows children under 13 to access a curated list of age-appropriate games."

Roblox issued a statement to the Daily Mail about Peterson's post. It read in part, "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."

It went on to say, "We have zero tolerance for this behavior. Our work to ensure a safe platform is always evolving and remains a top priority for us."