Then again, they may not be experiencing the same trends.
In the US, overall incidents of sexual violence have fallen by 63% since 1993, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.
By contrast, the UK’s Office for National Statistics has recorded an increase in sexual assaults since 2012.
However, it puts most of that down to increased reporting and better recording by the police.
Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
The trouble is that statistics on crimes linked to online dating are sparse.
Of course, sexual assaults related to online dating may be on the rise just because online dating itself is on the rise.
But Leech wants other protections, like giving users alerts about potential risks before they ever begin chatting with strangers.While almost universally panned, Online Dating can actually be a wonderful thing.People need to realize that not everyone online is fake, and that there are some genuine people out there.A local council member in Manchester, in the north of England, Leech this year launched a campaign to make online dating companies commit to keeping their users safer.Over the past four years, 17 people in the Greater Manchester area have reported being raped after using one of two apps, Grindr and Tinder, according to police statistics obtained by Leech through a freedom of information request.