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Should Match.com Screen For Sexual Predators?


Stalkers prowl social networks more than dating sites, according to news from earlier this week. But one LA woman, who was allegedly assaulted by a man she met on Match.com, thinks online dating services should do more to keep members safe, and she's suing Match asking that it start screening members for sexual predators.

After connecting with a guy on Match, the woman met him at a public cafe in West Hollywood. They hit it off and planned a second date. But on the second date, she claims he followed her home and forced himself on her. Following the ordeal, she looked him up online and discovered that he had been convicted on several sexual battery charges. Her attorney argues that as a powerful and successful dating service, Match has the means to screen such members and prevent similar incidents. Match maintains such violent occurrences are rare, and it does provide dating safety tips.

Whether you meet a potential mate at a bar or online, there's always a risk he may turn out to be a criminal, and it's true that we can all research our dates ahead of time to find out their possible sexual criminal past. But it may be a selling point for Match to assure users it does the screening itself. Do you think it should?

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