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Mr Sutton warned: “You can’t see a stranger rapist coming – they are going to be charming, potentially persuasive.” George Kidd, chief executive of the Online Dating Association, said: “Sexual assault or abuse is never acceptable.
Unfortunately, yet unsurprisingly, this approach hasn’t quite worked out the way I had hoped, so after a while of contemplating whether or not online dating was for me, I decided to bite the bullet and sign up to an online dating website. So there I was on Sunday with a slight hangover wondering what to do with my day, and thought that it was the perfect time to log into my online dating profile and explore what it was about and the possibilities it has to offer.Figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show that 184 people reported being raped by someone they met via a dating website or mobile phone app in 2014, compared with 33 in 2009.More than nine million Britons have signed up to dating websites and the NCA is launching a campaign to alert them to the dangers and to take precautions.Worryingly, rape and sexual assaults are still under-reported, the agency warns, so the true number may be up to 10 times higher.Serious crimes analysis boss Sean Sutton said: “Part of our campaign is to encourage people to come forward.“Our message is the police will take them seriously and deal with them sympathetically.” The rise in rape allegations can partially be blamed on online daters swapping sexualised messages that can skew expectations before a meeting.
People tended to act in a risqué manner even though they do not know each other “from Adam or Eve”, Mr Sutton said.
He warned: “This pseudo-closeness can happen very, very quickly and we are saying you could be talking to a 14-year-old boy or a 60-year-old woman.
“Come back a step and take it on a face-to-face basis when you meet in public for the first time.” Twice as many people now report being raped by someone they met through online dating than those who are attacked by a bogus taxi driver.
I started by filling in my dating profile, and actually found it quite hard to know what to say.
I had never written a ‘personal ad’ so to speak before, apart from in my CV, and I didn’t think that details about my work experience would be enough to attract the man of my dreams on an a dating website!
I firstly had a look on some people’s profiles on the dating site to see if that would spark any inspiration.