At Wayne State University, none of the victims who were sexually assaulted after meeting people through online dating sites wanted to pursue charges, said Wayne State University Police Lt. Scott added that he fears many other cases of sexual assault — especially ones involving online dating sites — go unreported because victims feel embarrassed.
A study by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 30% of people ages 18-24 used online dating sites — up from 10% in 2013. Marine Tom Eggleston, 27, found his wife, Courtney, by using Plenty of Fish.
And it isn't just the younger crowd: 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds used the services in 2015 — a 100% increase from two years earlier, the study found. "I was always a little skeptical about using the Internet to find a long-term relationship, but I was determined to find someone," Eggleston said.
"We support bringing this case to justice." Authorities said dating apps were the common thread for a pair of serial rapists who were convicted last year.
Joshua Humphrey, 35, and Larry Stiff, 32, are believed to be responsible for as many as 28 reported rapes, according to prosecutors.