Dangers of dating websites
“People who were looking for a hook up were very vocal so it was easier to avoid those people.” Finally, after he kept asking and receiving a vote of confidence from her friends, she agreed to meet up with him at a local coffee house.
“I wasn’t afraid of him or anything.” She said that while they were having coffee he never mentioned anything sexual before asking her if she wanted to leave and go watch TV somewhere.
For the woman who was assaulted, that is exactly how it started.
The two met on Tinder and talked for a few weeks before he started asking her if she would like to meet for coffee.
Aside from Tinder, there are tons of similar apps that offer some variation of the same formula and are just as dangerous.
Also risky, yet perhaps more trusted and in-depth, are the countless online dating sites that offer a selection of millions of profiles that can be created by anyone, good or bad.
Although online dating sites and mobile apps have changed how people date, the fact that dangerous people still exist has not. Pleasant Police Department has dealt with two instances of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) as a result of people who met using a social media site or dating application.
The most recent incident involved a female student from Central Michigan University who was sexually assaulted after meeting up with a man she met on the mobile dating app Tinder.
“I was hesitant because you hear about things on Tinder,” she said.
You can put a person through a background check or simply Google your date.
A person can have access to their photos in advance and control what other information is provided.
Adelman is quick to note that in any case, blaming the victim is not appropriate.
She notes that whether it’s online or traditional dating, bad incidents commonly occur when precautions are not taken, such as meeting in a public place.
Even though your friends have vetted your date, perhaps, you still just don’t know,” Adelman said.