After Sexual Assault Controversy, Match.com To Start Background Checks on Members

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We’re hoping this makes the process of meeting your true love online just a little bit easier, though you never can be too careful.

After an entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles went on a couple of dates with a man she met on the popular dating site Match.com, she said the initially-charming man sexually assaulted her. Afterwards, she did some online sleuthing and discovered that her date had a history of sexual battery.┬áThe woman has since filed a lawsuit against the dating site, stipulating that the company should check members’ names against public sex offender registries in order to increase safety.

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And while the site’s attorney originally said that such a task was problematic, the site now seems to have changed its tune; Match.com has announced that they plan on screening members to see if they have a history of sexual assault.

Despite the increased safety measures, which should go into effect in the next few months, a rep for the site still warned that while “these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members.” (via Consumerist)

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