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.
Not all people who report attacks mention whether an app was involved.
However, it puts most of that down to increased reporting and better recording by the police.
Better reporting, therefore, might also partly explain why internet dating assaults have increased in the UK.
Interestingly, Ok Cupid is owned by IAC, which also owns Tinder and While their famous for their website, Ok Cupid also allows users to use a Tinder-style swipe in their app.
Now you know which apps you should and shouldn’t use.
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.
A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. For context, in 2012 the area had an overall average of 243 sexual assaults and rapes every month.)Many apps offer a page of advice for safe dating.
All the same, the NCA noted that the incidents had a lot in common.
Most notably, 72% were carried out in the home of either the victim or the perpetrator, and 41% of the dates that led to assaults started at home, rather than moving there after an initial meeting somewhere else.
To qualify for the study, each app had to have at least 2,000 app store reviews, meaning niche sites like Farmers Only weren’t included. Unlike Tinder, only people in your network (aka friends of friends) are shown.