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Dating Safety

Don’t let your guard down—have a safe dating experience.

Dating sites and apps have become increasingly popular over the last few years.  Unfortunately, the popularity of these sites brings new and challenging risks to light. Catfishing, trolling, internet stalking, identity theft, financial fraud and sexual assault are among those risks. According to police another popular scam on dating sites occurs when someone creates a fake profile to engage an unknowing victim in conversation. They then encourage the victim to disrobe and perform compromising acts, which they will videotape.  They then research the victim on social media and threaten to send the videotape to family and friends unless a sum of money is paid.

Here are some simple ways to help keep you safe both online and off:

  • Always consider the possibility that you are being videotaped and/or scammed before engaging in compromising behavior online.
  • If you plan to hang out with someone new, give a friend or family member a heads up on who you are meeting, where you are going and when you will return.
  • If you are planning to hang out with someone new, meet them in a public place, not your room, house or apartment.  If you are in a public location there will be people around to help.
  • Go on a first date with someone in a group. Group dates reduce the stress of focusing on one person the entire evening, especially if you are not sure how you feel about them
  • Drink moderately. If you go to a bar or party and decide to drink, pace yourself. When you feel a little tipsy, stop drinking. Dangerous situations are more likely to occur when alcohol is involved.
  • Keep your eye on your drink. Date rape drugs can easily be slipped into cups or cans when you are not looking. Don’t leave your drink unattended.

Trust your gut feelings…if you sense something is wrong do not ignore those feelings to be polite. Leave the date as soon as possible.

Always bring enough cash with you to take a cab or bus ride home.

Charge your phone before you leave and always bring it with you.

 

For further information, please contact:

Public Safety and Transportation
Levermore Hall, Suite 113
p – 516.877.3500 or dial "5" from any on-campus phone

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