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Philip Donegan, an ex-lieutenant colonel, attacked a 33-year-old woman at her home in Paisley in October 2016.He also raped a 30-year-old woman at his home in Knightswood, Glasgow in July 2017.When having a conversation online, think whether you would be sharing the same details if you were meeting the person face-to-face.Beware of providing contact details to people who say their subscription is about to end – a common ruse to take the conversation away from the safety of the dating site as quickly as possible.“It is the same sexual violence – but another way that perpetrators are using to get access to people,” she added.Lawyer Nicola Thompson, from Thompsons Solicitors, said the rise in predators using internet dating sites and apps was “terrifying”.
Online dating can play a really positive role in many lives, but it is also the case that it can enable predators to pretend to be someone they are not. This is important but dating sites also have a responsibility to protect people using their sites from anyone with a history of sexual offending.
The UK-wide National Crime Agency (NCA) dealt with 20 reports of Scots being raped after meeting someone through internet dating –compared to only six in 2014.
Most offences took place during the first face-to-face meeting after making contact online. The figures have emerged after a former Territorial Army officer was last week jailed for eight years for the rape of two women he met on dating site
She said: “One of the areas we have noticed is where it is older women – who perhaps have come out of a marriage or are divorced or are a bit out of the loop in how they meet people – using dating websites to meet people.
“When something happens they feel embarrassed and may be less likely to come forward.” However she cautioned against “fear- mongering” around using dating websites.