• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

The Reason Behind Match.com's New Sex Offender Policy

The Reason Behind Match.com's New Sex Offender Policy

Share

In early April, a Hollywood executive — known only as "Jane Doe" — filed a class action suit against Match.com after a guy she met through the site allegedly raped her during their second date. The guy in question — who is claiming that nothing happened but "a consenting sexual encounter between two consenting adults" — had been convicted six times for sexual battery, according to J.D.'s attorney. Terrifying.

And above and beyond the charges being pressed against him, J.D.'s team is arguing that Match.com bears some responsibility for the alleged assault. The prosecution says that if Match.com had required criminal background checks, things might've worked out very differently. A civil suit filed last week on behalf of J.D. demanded that Match.com begin screening its members for sexual predators and asked the court to shut the site down until it began doing so.

In response, Match.com announced on Monday that it will begin screening existing and new subscribers against the national sex offender registry within the next three months. All the same, the company stressed that the system for doing so is still "highly flawed" and should "not provide a false sense of security to our members."

I know privacy advocates and civil libertarians will be annoyed to hear about this, but I think it sounds like a great move for women's safety. Just as much as dating sites make it easier for all of us to meet people, I imagine they similarly make it easier for men with twisted desires to find victims — and although making it harder for them to do so doesn't necessarily mean they'll sit around twiddling their thumbs, it also doesn't mean the sites shouldn't be doing everything they can to make sure users are safe. Had they only implemented such procedures earlier, it seems fair to say, J.D. might not have had to suffer through such a terrible crime.

Share
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $188) and a year’s supply of hair products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $108).

One (1) winner will receive a year’s supply of makeup products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $188) and a year’s supply of hair products from L’Oréal Paris (ARV: $108).

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue