They decided to meet up in person. One date turned into another, and they began building a relationship. However, Riffle said he started acting distant, and after two months they broke things off. With that growth comes the potential dangers of meeting in person with a stranger found online. Provo Police Department Sgt.
Nisha King said the biggest danger while using dating apps comes down to identification. Cooper Boice, founder and president of Mutual, said safety on dating apps is a serious topic. They can have a false sense of security. According to Riffle, she met him in public for their first date, but for their second date the man suggested they watch a movie together in her living room. Her date soon took advantage of her physically. Riffle said she froze up in panic at first, but eventually was able to push him off of her before it escalated further.
Riffle said she strongly believes people have a greater false sense of security while using Mutual than while using other dating apps because, in theory, all the users are Mormons. In , she had recently returned home early from her mission due to depression and anxiety. So when she matched with a man on Tinder who asked her to come to his place to watch a movie rather than meet in public first, she ignored the warning signs.
His handling left her with bruises. She said she did not report this incident to law enforcement because the man stopped his advances when she resisted. Moe said just a few weeks ago, she matched with a man on Mutual who proposed a similar meetup, inviting her over to his place at night and mentioning he had a projector set up in his bedroom. Moe said her experience in was the exact reason why she automatically said no to this match on Mutual.
Incident procedures Most dating apps have the option of reporting another user for doing something wrong, ranging from using an inappropriate profile picture to sexual assault. Boice said he and his employees respond to these reports in a variety of ways, depending on the situation. He said he heard about the charges brought against Cheshire in a sexual assault case in the news but has not been contacted by law enforcement about it. King said Provo Police have worked with Mutual in the past.
These subpoenas are usually used to get identifiable information and contact information of the accused person, but sometimes police can get the information they need straight from the victim.
He added they employ safety measures, including requiring every user sign up with a Facebook account, to ensure authenticity. Mutual employees review the Facebook profile of each person who signs up to ensure it falls within LDS standards. Boice suggested all dating app users follow three safety precautions: Mutual founder and president Cooper Boice suggests these three safety tips to all dating app users.
McKenna Park Boice added he would encourage anyone experiencing sexual assault to not only use their in-app report feature but also report to law enforcement. Moe strongly suggested meeting first dates in public places to stay safe.