I have explained in many of my previous posts how important it is for people to check the criminal records of individuals they meet on online dating sites or dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and Grinder. This article from Time Magazine is unfortunately yet another example of how dangerous online dating can be. The article tells the story of a year-old woman who was held hostage in a hotel room, and repeatedly raped, choked and burned by a man she met on a dating site. The name of the dating site was not mentioned in the article.
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According to media estimates, about million people in the United States used Internet-based dating services last year. Given the relative anonymity afforded by Internet communications, some fear that sex offenders and others with criminal pasts may find online dating sites tempting places to meet and establish relationships with future victims. One online dating service provider has recently taken a proactive step in protecting its members from possible harm by conducting a criminal background check on potential members before allowing them to communicate with other members. In particular, True. In addition, the founder of True. Michigan joins at least two states Texas and Ohio in introducing legislation to address this concern. The bill would apply to online dating service providers in the business of offering, promoting, or providing access to dating, relationship, compatibility, matrimonial, or social referral services primarily through the Internet and that provide services to Michigan residents.
Exploring technology in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women. Online dating has rapidly gained in popularity as a common way to connect to potential dates or find a partner. Dating sites range from major companies with millions of users from all walks of life, to niche sites that cater to specific communities based on interests or background. Some survivors who are wary of meeting in person, or prefer to be able to choose the identity they present to the world, may find more flexibility or comfort online.
With the advent and exponential growth of online dating through various Internet match making sites, knowing the background of the people you are talking to and intend to meet someday becomes incredibly important, perhaps imperative. With convicted felons both murderers and rapists creating false identities on dating sites to lure in their next victim, one can never be too cautious or safe when proceeding with online originating relationships. A recent press release from InstantCriminalChecks. While many online dating sites do not conduct criminal background checks for you, it is always a wise decision in this information age to take your personal safety into your own hands by conducting dating background checks on that online someone.