Many people are now using free dating sites. Yes, dating can be fun, but it can also be a total nightmare if you don’t enjoy being with your date or your date is just not your type.
Below are some dating safety rules that you should follow whether you use a dating site or alternatives:
1. Keep friends and family informed
Always let your family and friends know where you are going and who you are going with. Tell them the times and places and what time to expect you home. Always let them know if your plans change too.
2. Don’t accept a lift on a first date
Keep yourself safe by using your own transport to get to and from your date. It’s also great to have your own transport nearby should things not go according to plan.
3. Choose a public place to meet
Don’t invite someone you don’t know around to your home! Meet in a public place and one that you are familiar with like a restaurant or coffee shop. This will ensure you know how to get home safely at the end of the date.
4. Don’t leave your drinks unattended
You’ve probably heard of GHB which is known as a date rape drug. Unfortunately, it is odourless and colourless, so you wouldn’t know if you were drinking it. Don’t leave your drink unattended.
5. Don’t give out your personal information
Guard your information and privacy, with online dating sites reply via the app rather than your personal email. Don’t give your date your address on the first date.
These are just some of the ways you can keep safe on a date. However, there is another. An exciting and very helpful campaign has been launched in the south London borough. It is called “Ask Angela”. The initiative aims to reduce sexual violence and vulnerability by providing customers with a non-descript phrase they can use to gain assistance from staff members of some venues to get help if they feel unsafe in someone’s company.
This initiative has proved very successful. It is a simple process, by going to a member of staff of a particular venue and “asking for Angela”, you are alerting staff that you require help. You will then be taken aside, or to a safer location, so you can speak in confidence to that staff member about what assistance you may need.
The staff member can offer to call you a taxi, contact your family for friends or getting the person who is causing you stress to leave.
I think this is a fantastic scheme which has proved to work. For example, since the initiative was implemented, there have been incidents in London which could have escalated without the intervention of staff. Security staff at a Wimbledon nightclub noticed two men plying a lone female with drinks, whilst they remained sober. Believing their intentions to be dishonourable, staff called police. The males were removed from the club. Officers then gave the lone female a lift home to ensure her safety.
I would love to see this rolled out throughout the country to ensure that all women feel safe when they are out.