Investigators are looking into possible reasons why the uptick is happening now.
Of course, more people are dating online in the first place, but there's more to this story.
This page is an attempt by me to organize the vast majority of online dating related statistics and facts available on the Internet.
Almost every week there seems to be a new statistic produced that tries to top the last one.
While statistics can be spun to make almost anything look good, I've tried to report just the basic facts.
The data has been gathered from such sources as blogs, online newspaper and magazine articles, company financial statements, company advertising information packages (including media packages), the actual dating service website (or their parent company website), and multiple website measurement services.
In a statement, they said that some offenders specifically use dating sites and apps to target victims, pressuring them to meet in person more quickly than they would like, sometimes within just a week.
They also add that in general, rape victims have been more confident to report their assaults to the police, which may be leading to the uptick as well.
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According to the NCA, 184 people reported that they were raped during their first face-to-face meeting by someone they met online in 2014 — a 450% increase from the 33 people in 2009.
Since rape tends to be under-reported, and victims who met their attackers online may be more reluctant to come forwarded, the NCA warns the number could be 10 times higher than the 184 reported.
This section also includes any relevant facts about dating, relationships, and marriage that I thought would be of interest to the dating industry.
The second part is for actual dating services (this includes dating sites and dating apps).