Online dating violence

At its worst, the weirdness escalates into a barrage of insults or threats, and in some cases, physical violence.

It’s now almost practically expected: Online dating can turn very weird very quickly.“I think of it as a continuation of the harassment that women see every day in public and on the streets,” says Tweten. It’s just more easily documented online.”Disgusted by her own experience and others, Tweten began collecting these stories–told in the screenshots of online chats gone awry–under an Instagram account called Bye Felipe.

A gender-flipped play on the dismissive Internet-popular phrase “Bye Felicia,” the account–like Tinder Nightmares and others–operates as a curated clearing house of screenshots showcasing the very worst of online dating weirdness, from sudden hostility to unwanted dick picks.

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But the rise in online dating has led to some dangerous new risks. The country's National Crime Agency found that there were 184 reports of such crimes in 2014, up from 33 in 2009.

A full 85% of victims are women, while 25% of the male victims were between the ages of just 15 and 19.

Of course, more people are dating online in the first place, but there's more to this story.

In a statement, they said that some offenders specifically use dating sites and apps to target victims, pressuring them to meet in person more quickly than they would like, sometimes within just a week.

Surprisingly, suspects in these cases were less likely to have a previous conviction on their criminal record than other people convicted of raping strangers.

Investigators are looking into possible reasons why the uptick is happening now.

Alaska’s FBI data for 2016, which led to an online report calling Alaska the nation's most dangerous state last month, shows a rise of more than 16 percent in rape cases that year-- which included 960 rapes and 89 attempted rapes.

Although Alaska’s data didn’t include specific categories for rapes resulting from online dating, a VICE News report from 2016 said the United Kingdom reported a 450 percent rise in reported rapes linked to online dating over the previous five years.

“These are the same people that go on racist tirades on You Tube videos about kittens,” she says. You have to recognize that people are often saying those things out of self-hatred.

If you're single, chances are you're on Tinder, Hinge, and/or various other dating apps. shows that there has been a sixfold jump in reports of rape that are related to online dating over the past five years.

Perhaps they could go for a nighttime drive around Beverly Hills, or make cocktails and listen to records. “I was trying to explain something and you cut me off! She hung up and dodged several more calls and texts before finally humoring him with a few minutes of her attention. So you can see why I’m pretty tense.” He told Tweten that she had insulted him earlier and asked for an apology.

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