Always keep your safety in mind, and follow these simple guidelines to reduce your risk of harm when meeting a match in person. Simple Rules to help you stay safe Dating sites and apps are more popular than ever, and connecting with new people can be as simple as swiping right on your smartphone. However, when meeting someone for the first time, you should take precautions.
Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place never at your home, your date’s home, or any other private location. If your date pressures you to go to a private location, end the date.
Tell Friends and Family about Your Plans:-
Tell a friend or family member of your plans, including when and where you’re going. Have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.
Be in Control of Your Transportation:-
We want you to be in control of how you get to and from your date so that you can leave whenever you want. If you’re driving yourself, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan such as a ride-share app or a friend to pick you up.
Know Your Limits:-
Be aware of the effects of drugs or alcohol on you specifically, they can impair your judgment and your alertness. If your date tries to pressure you to use drugs or drink more than you’re comfortable with, hold your ground and end the date. Alcohol and drugs can impair your judgment and incapacitate you, making you vulnerable to robbery or assault. Avoiding alcohol and drugs will help you maintain a level head and presence of mind.
Don’t Leave Drinks or Personal Items Unattended:-
Know where your drink comes from and know where it is at all times only accept drinks poured or served directly from the bartender or server. Many substances that are slipped into drinks to facilitate sexual assault are odourless, colourless, and tasteless. Also, keep your phone, purse, wallet, and anything containing personal information on you at all times.
If You Feel Uncomfortable, Leave:-
It’s okay to end the date early if you’re feeling uncomfortable. It’s encouraged. And if your instincts are telling you something is off or you feel unsafe, ask the bartender or server for help. And also call your friend or family Members.
Be careful while travelling. We recognize and believe in the importance of being inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, but the reality is this: nowhere in the world is without potential risk, and some countries have specific laws that target people. Check out the laws around you when you travel to a new place and research what types of legal protection.
Sexual Health & Protect Yourself:-
When used correctly and consistently, condoms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting and passing on STIs like HIV. But, be aware of STIs like herpes or HPV that can be passed on through skin-to-skin contact. The risk of contracting some STIs can be reduced through vaccination.
Don’t Post Identifying Information:-
Yeah, it’s tempting to post Attention seeker photos of your new car or apartment on Instagram & Facebook, but you may not realize just how much about yourself those little things can reveal. “From your car’s license plate to other identifiable details such as street signs and house numbers, these photographs can reveal a lot of information,” says privacy expert and advocate “Mark Weinstein”.
Be Careful About Posting too Many Revealing or Partying Pics:-
I’m not saying you shouldn’t show off how hot you looked in that wrap dress or low-cut top on your profile photos just be careful if those are the only kinds of photos on there, because certain (sick) people could see this as their permission slip to take advantage of you. “Not only are decent people online looking to meet a nice woman but disturbed predators are, too,” says former FBI profiler “Candice Delong”.
Don’t Share Nudes Photos:-
If the other person has asked for nudes but you haven’t met yet, be wary because when you share things online, particularly with people you don’t know, you can quickly lose control of it – even if you only sent it to one person. If they don’t respect your decision and instead pressure you to send nudes this isn’t acceptable behavior and it’s best to block them. Sharing naked images without the other person’s consent, also known as cyber flashing, is a form of sexual harassment. datisy dating platforms don’t allow you to send photos within the web or app so this is another reason why staying in the app is a good idea. If you do receive an unwanted nude, you should report it to the datisy support team at mailto:Support@datisy.com to block/unmatch the person.
Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover:-
There’s a lot you can learn from someone’s photos and a lot that can mislead you. “Remember, everyone’s nice on the first date even psychopaths,” says Delong. “Ted Bundy, one of the most prolific serial killers of young women in history, was handsome and charismatic. Women voluntarily went off with him because he didn’t look like a bad guy. When he got them in his car, their hours were numbered.” A nice smile and polite small talk demeanour doesn’t mean someone doesn’t have a dark side.
Always Pick the Place:-
“Never, ever let your date pick the place,” says Hanson. “They could have it prearranged to have something bad happen. You never want to give a potential criminal the advantage to be on their turf.” The chances of this happening are slim, but it only takes one person with hidden bad intentions to harm you.
Provide your transportation:-
On a similar note, it’s best to provide your transportation to the date, even if it’s just taking a cab, the subway or a ride share. While it may seem liberal when your date offers to pick you up, you’ll be happy you can leave on your terms if things go south.
Don’t Send Money:-
Never respond to any requests to send money, wire transfer money or make a donation. Contact your bank and local law enforcement right away if you think you’ve sent money to a scammer, and report anyone who asks you to send money.
Stay in the APP:-
It’s safer to message within the datisy app until you’ve met and feel you can trust them. If they ask for your number or switch to Whats App, just politely decline and say it’s nothing personal, you just prefer to stay in the app.
Make Sure Your Phone is Charged:-
If the date goes well you might end up being out longer than you thought, it’s always a good idea to make sure you have a fully charged phone or a charger with you so you aren’t having to rely on your date to help you get home and so you’ve got a way of communicating with friends if you need to.
Do images search the admirer to see if their photo has been taken from a stock photo site or someone else’s online profile? Look for inconsistencies in their online profile vs. what they tell you. Watch for poorly written, vague messages, sometimes even addressing you by the wrong name often scammers are working with several victims at once.
Source:- University of South Carolina, Victim Services Division of Law Enforcement and Safety 1415 Henderson Street (1600 Hampton Street Annex) Columbia, SC 29208