Kortney Hughes, victim services program coordinator for the Provo Police Department, believes this is a trend in the U. "These apps are just another tool that perpetrators use to commit these crimes." Utah has seen multiple cases in the past year.Among those: • Former Utah State linebacker Torrey Greenwas charged last year with six counts of rape, two counts of object rape and two counts of forcible sexual abuse in cases involving seven women between 20.Mixed reviews Dating apps have been beneficial for Nat Harward, a Salt Lake podcaster and blogger.He first matched with his current girlfriend on Mutual."I am forever grateful to Tinder and this crazy idea that brought him into my life." They have now been married for more than three years and have a 1-year-old daughter.
Comparing their matches, they discovered they were communicating with the same man.According to Bitton, of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, "new forms of victimization" have also arisen, including online sexual harassment and revenge porn.Many cases of sexual violence or harassment "result from people with unhealthy or unrealistic expectations," he said.These offenders are less likely to have criminal convictions, but instead exploit the ease of access and armchair approach to dating websites.This is aided by potential victims not thinking of them as strangers, but someone they have got to know," the report says. "We have experienced an increase in sexual assaults that are related to online dating apps," Hughes said, but added that she does not have specific numbers.However, after the two met, he later discovered that she was married when she posted about her husband on Facebook, Tikalsky said.Jessalyn Wood remembers a time when she dated a man she met on Tinder for about eight months, though the relationship got off to a rocky start.Harward says using the apps has been "educational," and he learned to use several strategies after "a lot of practice." After matching with someone, he said he would suggest meeting somewhere public and casual within the first few messages.He and his current girlfriend met over pizza in November.Cooper Boice, founder of Mutual, told the Deseret News that the LDS singles-focused app has led to "hundreds of temple marriages" in the nearly two years since it was launched.Risks Statistics documenting any correlation between dating apps and the number of assaults against women are not separated out by the FBI, but the bureau did note that in 2016, there were about 5 percent more reported rapes in 2015, and 12.4 percent more than in 2012.