Rise in App-Activated Sexual Assaults Leads to Collaboration Between Tinder and Queensland Police – Hack
An increase in reports of online dating-related sexual assaults has seen Queensland police team up with Tinder in a first global safety campaign.
The collaboration will see ‘victim-centered and trauma-informed’ messages integrated into the dating app over the summer.
The campaign will provide practical safety tips, as well as details on options for reporting and assistance if something goes wrong after you’ve swiped properly.
Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it was a question of going “straight to the source” to deal with the growing problem.
“This campaign aims to empower people to use these platforms safely,” she said.
“We want people to know that we are here, we want them to be safe and if anything unwanted happens they are not alone.
âSupport and reporting options are available. “
In 2008, Queensland Police recorded three alleged rapes linked to online dating apps.
By 2019, that number had risen to 49.
Commissioner Carroll wanted people to feel supported in making allegations, even if they did not want to make a formal complaint.
âWhether it’s a face-to-face or online dating, you have to behave. If you are an abuser or an offender, we will basically look for you,â she said.
Commissioner Carroll also announced that the police department is working with Tinder and other police forces to develop a “law enforcement portal.”
âThis portal will be available for law enforcement and dating apps to continue working together with the common goal of improving user safety online,â she said.
Last year, a joint triple j Hack and Four Corners investigation found that Tinder was not responding adequately to survivors of sexual assault and not allowing rapists to cover their tracks.
Following the report, Tinder made security changes to further protect users and ordered a full review of its “sexual misconduct reporting, moderation and response processes.”
Kerrin Bradfield of the Gold Coast Center Against Sexual Violence worked with the police and Tinder on the campaign.
She said it was important for anyone using the app to be safe.
âOften what we see with dating apps is that people feel ashamed or embarrassed to use them to meet people, whether for casual sex or in the hope of finding their soul mate. “said Ms Bradfield.
“No matter why people are there, they have the right to experience it with a high level of security.”
The campaign includes practical tips, including telling people where you are going before meeting someone and taking profile screenshots.
“Whether people are implementing all of these strategies, some of these strategies, or none of these strategies, it is still not their fault that an assault occurs, and that they can seek help and report to the community. police, âMs. Bradfield said.
She said it was important that all victims feel supported.
âThe message that has been developed is really positive for sex,â Ms. Bradfield said.
“It’s very proactive.
“It also sends a strong message to the authors, that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated on dating apps or in our communities.”
Buddy Loomis of Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, said they are taking a stronger stand against harassment.
âOffensive and violent behavior has no place on Tinder,â she said.
âWe are committed to protecting our members.
“We know security is complex and personal and we approach it from many different angles because the safety of our members is paramount in everything we do.”
The message will appear on Tinder over the next eight weeks and will only be visible to users in Queensland.