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In Britain, attacks related to online dating increased almost six-fold over roughly the same period.If the US and UK are experiencing the same trends, then online dating is indeed becoming more dangerous.To date, much of the research on online dating has been conducted by dating companies themselves.In the US, the FBI collects data about so-called romance fraud and about online “sexploitation,” but data about physical assault linked to dating sites is scant.As head of the Scottish Government, the First Minister is responsible for the overall development, implementation and presentation of the administration's policies and for promoting and representing Scotland at home and overseas. Often on multiple apps at once, users can swipe through dozens of profiles every minute and plan multiple dates, whether in hopes of a love match or a hook-up.Victims, as well as perpetrators, hide crimes: Only an estimated 17% of all rapes, app-linked or not, are reported to police, the NCA said.Nevertheless, while app-related assaults were still rare, they were rising fast enough for the NCA to flag the emergence of “a new type of sexual offender.” Usually a man, he’s less likely than other sexual offenders to have committed any kind of crime before, but instead exploits the “ease of access and arm-chair approach” to meeting people that dating sites enable.
Not all countries in which sites operate have databases such as Match’s, however, and even those that exist tend to have incomplete data.Dating companies are being pushed to better protect users, but some seem reluctant to do more— or even to talk about whether there’s a problem.John Leech thinks the situation is new, and dangerous.In 2016, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) released findings on data from police forces around the country. Not all the forces collect data specific to dating apps.Not all people who report attacks mention whether an app was involved.