There are a lot of dating apps available now like Tinder, OKCupid, Skout, and Hinge, to name a few. Although they can be fun and convenient, it could also lead to serious danger, too.  The National Crime Agency of United Kingdom says that online-dating related rape offences had a six-fold increase over a 5-year period.

They found 184 reports of such crimes in 2014, up from 33 in 2009. A full 85 percent of victims are women, while 25 percent of the male victims were between the ages of just 15 and 19. The research also says that most people feel more comfortable when talking online, and are bolder when it comes to sexual conversations. But when it’s time to meet up, they start having second thoughts whether they’ll like to get physical or not.

It was also stated that a large number of the assaults happened in private, whether at the victim's home or the offender's home, so they suggest that if you’re planning to meet up with someone you’ve met online, choose a public place. Don’t give in to the pressure of having to go to their house for some “privacy.” It’s still your call, and you have the right to say no—every time.

 

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