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Sexual Predators on Online Dating Sites

Should 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, 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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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
"You date online, you date at your own risk. Just like the real world. C'mon people. " EXACTLY!!!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Agreed Jenny. There's no reason she couldn't have checked it herself, and it's a risk every woman takes when dating. Not only that... I've never used a dating site, but do you have to use your real name? Let's say they do start running background checks. A sexual predator use an alias, then fly under the radar- giving women a false sense of security and making a dangerous situation even worse.
JennyJK JennyJK 6 years
Sure, if you want to deal with jacked up rates ( I don't think free dating sites could even do this ) to even out the time and/or cost of doing background checks. Uhh, maybe this woman should have done a background check herself? Assuming she knew a bit about this guy after checking him out online and going on one great(good enough to get him a second) date. Where do you draw the line with this then? What if somebody attacks you who doesn't have a record. What if you met on, but 2 years into your relationship the guy hits you? You date online, you date at your own risk. Just like the real world. C'mon people.
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