Rapes linked to online dating rise in UK

    Rapes linked to online dating rise in UK

    Feb 7, London: Official figures show that the number of people reporting being raped by someone they met on a dating app or website has risen six-fold in five years, local media reports said.

    There were 184 rape allegations in 2014, up from 33 in 2009 in London, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

    NAC said that 85 percent of the rape victims were women and of these, 42 percent were aged 20 to 29 and 24 percent were between 40 and 49.

    The NAC also said that it was concerned the number may be under-reported, and it encouraged victims to come forward.

    More than nine million people in the UK have signed up to dating websites.

    Chief executive of the Online Dating Association George Kidd said that “Sexual assault or abuse is never acceptable.”

    The Olso Times


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