Date: 2018-02-10 18:34
Any act of violence or abuse should be reported to your local police. If you have been the victim of a sexual assault and do not want to contact the police, the ODA strongly recommends you contact a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).
Get to Know the Other Person
Keep your communications on the platform and really get to know users online/using the app before meeting them in person. Bad actors often push people to communicate off the platform immediately. It’s up to you to research and do your due diligence.
7. Be safe at home. As I learned the hard way with my would-be Glenn Close, it's unwise to welcome anyone into your abode unless you know them well. If you're unsure, consider asking another couple to join you.
If you’ve experienced cybercrime, you can contact the charity Victim Support for free and confidential support and information.
After all, most dates that start online end up in either a love connection or with the two of you going your separate ways.
"Tell your friends where you're going and when you'll be home," said Helen Fisher, a senior research fellow with the famed Kinsey Institute and chief scientific advisor to . Create a routine with a buddy that includes checking in by phone if the date goes to another location, when it wraps up and when you're safely home. Sure, it seems like a lot of work — unless something actually goes wrong.
Always Meet and Stay in Public
Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place – never in a private or remote location and never at your date’s home or apartment. If your date pressures you, end the date and leave at once.
Seasoned but wary: The scoop from users.
The online daters I spoke to voiced mixed feelings about their experiences. "I'm still a little wary about it and would prefer the 'love at first sight while petting a dog experience,'" says Agatha B., age 77. And despite enjoying a handful of dates, 79-year old Patricia B. feels that online dating is "a little bit like picking someone out of a catalog. Without a shared history or mutual friends, the people feel interchangeable."
The best defense is a good offense. If you google your date and find some questionable info or just get a bad feeling, follow your gut and cancel ASAP.
Although you don't want to reveal too much about yourself, don't hesitate to take advantage of a suitor who doesn't follow suit. Local celebrity chef Devin Alexander said she Googles every date — even searching for their photos and phone number.