Dated: 31 July, 2011
Over the past few months RVN has presented a number of articles on the subject of safety and security of interactions on the internet. Backed up by numerous reports of sadly ending, sometimes tragic, stories of misplaced trust the evidence mounts, overwhelmingly and on a daily basis that the necessity of reserving one’s trust in others is an integral part of being in communication with others via the internet.
To quote ex-U.S. President Ronald Reagan ~ “Trust… but verify.”
It should come as no surprise then that another “incident” or “scandal” has come to rock the online vampire community.
According to a written statement issued to the vampire community by the Voices of the Vampire Community ( http://www.veritasvosliberabit.com/ ) on July 25th a member of the community, a member of some visibility, has turned out to have a past well hidden an unknown.
“******* was arrested on the afternoon of June 21, 2011 for a probation violation stemming from a prior criminal conviction. In the weeks since his absence everyone had assumed he had gone on vacation or taken a break from the vampire community. When more serious inquiries were made as to his whereabouts a number of inconsistencies emerged concerning his identity. After speaking directly with law enforcement officials in *******, who confirmed his incarceration and the specific parameters involving the violation of his probation, the VVC collected any and all evidentiary material that might be requested at a hearing.”
The statement goes on to report;
“Furthermore, ******* assumed identity of a USMC sniper is disingenuous; the VVC has confirmed ******* Facebook photo is that of a different man, a police officer and former Iraq war veteran.”
“******* was adjudicated guilty of sexual battery in the first degree (felony) of an adult female from a 2006 incident. He was sentenced to sixty months probation, restitution, and other requirements by the court as well as required to register as a sexual offender.”
This “incident”, whatever the eventual outcome, serves to again highlight the fact that despite what you THINK you know of the person on the other side of the monitor you have no way of being able to trust that what is being told to you is the truth.
We all like to interact with others in positive and meaningful ways; ways that help us feel good and ways that may possibly be of benefit to our friends and acquaintances, that is a noble and unselfish cause. The fact is that we MUST remind ourselves that everyone who says “trust me” and “believe me” does not necessarily have the same course in mind. People whom we have actually met are possibly more able to be trusted but still we cannot be 100% sure. People we have never met, except through a computer monitor, pose a greater risk to our trust.
The essence of trusting in someone or something is having knowledge of that person or thing, if we don’t have that knowledge then we can’t reasonably justify placing our trust in that person or thing and, at days end, it is a matter of SAFETY as much as anything.
If we are let down in our trust by someone who spreads our private thoughts and conversations with them to all and sundry that is merely an embarrassment and can be, in time, overcome. What if that person uses our trust to lure us into a dangerous, physically threatening situation?
At RVN we advocate “Safety on the Internet” and “Security and Confidentiality” of personal circumstance, information and details.
We are not saying “don’t trust anyone” what we do advocate is BE CAREFUL who you put your trust in because the potential for harm is enormous.
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