Internet dating predators
Online dating is a multi-billion dollar industry with over 40 million users and growing every day.
More than 40% of men try to swoon women by lying about their jobs, trying to make their career sound more prestigious.
Campaigners are calling for the companies running the sites to increase security measures to protect users.
Rape Crisis Scotland’s campaign highlights the risks of online sexual abuse and offers advice on how to stay safe.
The organisation says it saw a 46% increase in the number of contacts made by victims of sexual assault during 2012-13, compared with the previous year, with many linked to dates arranged online.
Eileen Maitland, information officer for Rape Crisis Scotland, said they wanted to make women more vigilant when using dating websites.
Detective superintendent Louise Raphael, head of the national rape task force, said the web offered more opportunities for sexual predators and that they were becoming more manipulative in the way they targeted their victims.“The reality is women are meeting up with people they don’t know.