Dating is never easy and most couples are glad to be out of the dating world. Singles, however, have to content with bad dates, non-existent dates… the list is endless. In addition, there’s also the dangerous date: the person who uses this form of social interaction to perpetuate abuse and violence.
Safety is thus important for every dating person. And this is not specific to people you meet through the Internet. Even a seemingly well-known person can turn out to be a crook once the date progresses. Taking care of your self was never more important with date rape and sexual abuse becoming rampant in almost every part of the world.
Knowing and trusting
Always date someone who you know well and trust enough to go out with alone. A date set up by friends and family is probably the safest as you’re meeting them through a familiar source.
However, don’t let your guard down completely. Initially, talk on the phone with the prospective date. Meet with him in groups or on double dates. A person’s behavior towards your friends and people in general says a lot about how they’ll behave towards you.
Don’t let the date bully you into doing anything you don’t want to do like going to their house late at night, trying alcoholic drinks or any other substance.
Be strong and confident. If the person doesn’t respect your wishes, it’s your cue to end the affair. If they truly like and respect you, they won’t try to force you.
Always let someone in your family or friend circle know where you’re going and what time you’ll be back. This is necessary not so that they can drag you home when you cross the curfew limit. In case you end up in trouble and can’t communicate with them for some reason, they’ll be able to find you easily.
Be cautious about giving out too much of personal information and trust your instincts. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.