POLICE are urging victims to come forward to report sexual assaults committed by people that have been met on dating apps.
A police statement released earlier this month read that “instances of predatory sexual behaviour on dating apps” is becoming a greater worry.
Sexual Crimes Squad Detective Inspector Juliann Goldrick said “I want to assure the community and victims of sexual assault that Victoria Police is committed to investigating these matters and holding offenders to account”.
“In terms of dating apps, we might have people who are unsure about making a report because the person has blocked or removed their profile on the app, or maybe a lengthy period of time has passed and victims are worried it has been too long,” she said.
“It’s crucial for police that we play a role in clearing up any misconceptions around reporting sexual assault, especially where the victim has connected with the offender via a dating app. I cannot stress enough that it is never the victim’s responsibility to determine whether or not there is enough evidence to investigate a sexual offence or solve a crime.
“I think it’s crucial that victims understand that reporting to the dating app is not reporting to police, and so we encourage people to speak to us when they have been subject to concerning behaviour.
“Everyone in our community has a right to go about their lives, meet new people or start a relationship without fear of being a victim of crime.”