Violence linked to online dating
THOUSANDS of reported crimes linked to dating apps including rape, stalking and child grooming have been exposed with victims speaking of how they were failed by police and those behind the wildly popular apps.A Sun Online investigation has probed crime data from police forces across the country, revealing the depth of serious crimes linked to apps such as Tinder, Grindr and - but it's Plenty of Fish which is linked to the most reported crimes."Plenty of Fish didn't care, the police couldn't do anything - I felt all alone and terrified."My boyfriend at the time actually broke up with me about it all, because it created so much distrust and I'd never been on the dating app before." Eventually, the fake profile was taken down - but only when Miss Davis herself created a blank Plenty of Fish account to report the offending one."I just saw him while peeking through a window but my boyfriend went out and explained to him what was going on."It just left me feeling so unsafe, like I didn't know who was doing this or why." The catfish profile received more than 40 approaches in a couple of hours, claiming she was "looking for some fun times!!!! She went to the police right away, but was shocked to find they couldn't help.
However those who have suffered as a result of dating apps have said that the data, obtained by police forces across the UK through Freedom of Information requests, only scratch the surface of the impact these apps can have.She told The Sun Online: "It was such a shock, and so disturbing. "It began as some very explicit messages, or they'd just text me to confirm plans or meet ups which I had no idea about."Men even showed up looking for my house in the middle of the night, knocking on my neighbours door. "One of them who actually showed up outside my house though was really aggressive."They asked me stuff like ' What's the password? ' "Obviously I didn't know because I didn't set the account up so it was so terrifying and so frustrating.
"And all this time I didn't know who was going to show up at my door, or what they were expecting.
The crimes include attempted murder, sexual activity with children, grooming, rape, sexual assault, sending indecent images and blackmail.