Yes, there's a blog for THAT too!!
Makes you feel so secure in your relationships, doesn't it?
"According to Jupiter Research, the number of singles subscribing to Internet dating sites is expected to double over the next two years, which unfortunately means that even more people could fall victim to online predators," said Edgar Rains of Rapsheets, America's largest source of criminal records on the Internet. "While background screening is not entirely foolproof, it does offer an increased level of comfort that does not exist with other online dating sites right now."In addition to support from lawmakers, organizations including Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHOA) have also joined TRUE’s cause. Founded in 1997 to fight online harassment through the education of the general public as well as law enforcement personnel, WHOA will work in partnership with TRUE to generate even more support by writing letters to legislators, testifying at hearings and urging consumers to support this safer dating effort and make their voices heard at THIS SITE
"We see up to 50 victims of online harassment/stalking each week," Jayne Hitchcock, president of WHOA states. "Some of these have had the unfortunate experience of meeting someone online, whether via an online dating service, chat room or personal ad, and have had a negative experience. So far, these victims (both men and women) have not had their lives taken as a result, or been physically abused, and we were able to stop the online harassment before it escalated to such a point. Putting a disclaimer on a Web site stating whether or not they provide a marital (see comment below) and/or criminal background check is a very simple solution and much easier than requiring every online dating service to do these checks. This then leaves a man or woman the option of joining that service, knowing what they can expect. And it could save their life."(Ms. Hitchcock is misguided. Currently there is NO WAY to check if someone is legally married or not!! That is why EOPC is supporting a NATIONAL MARRIAGE DATABASE - and we urge out reader to please CLICK HERE and sign the Petition to Congress)
"Since August, our background searches have prevented 218 individuals from communicating on our site. It's impossible to estimate how many victims were saved by this extremely simple procedure," said Herb Vest, founder and CEO of TRUE. "As an industry, I feel it's our obligation to provide members with the most extensive, accurate and trustworthy information available regarding potential suitors so they can make successful and, most importantly, safer relationship decisions."
The Safer Online Dating Alliance is a grassroots initiative to raise public awareness, garner community support, and implement legislation to better protect those who participate in online dating services by assuring full disclosure of whether or not these dating services conduct criminal background checks on their communicating members.
Currently, many online dating users erroneously assume that since they are a member of an online dating service and often pay a membership fee, some type of protective screening measure is in place to ward against online applicants who are convicted felons or sexual predators.
The harrowing reality is that many online dating companies do very little to protect their consumers in the case where no less is at stake than their heart and ultimately their life.
We believe that consumers must have proper and adequate resources to make an informed decision when purchasing any product. As a consumer of the online dating industry, these individuals must be properly informed as to whether or not criminal background checks are conducted on its users.
Through embracing the positive potential of online dating while raising awareness of the very real dangers of meeting someone online, the Safer Online Dating Alliance seeks to partner with community groups, law enforcement officials, and the general public in implementing legislation which supports a safer online dating environment for its users.
BY HELEN PETERSON -- DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
This snake isn't getting his diamond back.
A jilted fiance can't retrieve the $40,000, 3.4-carat ring he gave to his intended because he was already married when he proposed, a judge has ruled.
Brian Callahan, of Manhattan, who works in the financial industry, met his erstwhile bride, Dana Clyburn Parker, on Match.com in 2001, and she eventually moved to New York to be with him. He proposed to her in July 2002 and gave her the ring, according to court papers.
But Parker dumped Callahan in June 2003 after finding e-mails on his computer indicating he was still pursuing online relationships with other women, the court documents show.
Callahan's lawyer, Daniel Clement, denied his client was cheating on Parker.
Neither Parker, a former schoolteacher who is now caring for her sickly mother, nor Callahan could be reached for comment.