Reporting dating app facilitated sexual violence to police

The Australian Institute of Criminology has released a new Trends & issues paper on victim-survivor experiences of reporting dating app facilitated sexual violence to police, and the outcomes of these reports.

The study draws on a survey of almost 10,000 adults living in Australia who had used an online dating platform in the last five years. Only 8.3% of those who experienced online sexual harassment or violence through an online dating platform and 14.7% of those who experienced in-person sexual harassment or violence from someone they met through one of these platforms reported it to the police.

Overall, police are responding appropriately to reports of sexual violence. However, some groups are more likely to have negative experiences, which affects their intentions to report to police in future.

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