A Canberra sexual violence support centre says online dating apps are “the new weapon” used by those targeting vulnerable people
Canberra Rape Crisis Centre has come out in support of moves to intervene and tackle increasing rates of sexual violence stemming from online dating.
The Centre says it should include more avenues for users to seek help, investments in cultural change, and rolling out systems that held perpetrators to account.
A national roundtable on online dating safety was held last week, looking at ways to better protect people using online dating and matchmaking services.
The meeting was convened by Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland and Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth.
They were joined by executives from Bumble, Grindr and Match Group, women’s safety experts, community groups and the eSafety and sexual violence commissioners.
The Canberra crisis centre has heard reports of unsafe behaviours including online bullying, or people catfishing users with phoney identities.