Dating site match.com has announced that it will start screening members against the national sex offender registry, but insists that it is not just reacting to a civil lawsuit filed last week.
Meanwhile, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, a woman who says she was raped by a man she met on match.com, went public today, giving an interview to ABC News.
“I'm tired of hiding behind masks and glasses," said Carole Markin this morning on Good Morning America. “I want to come forward and speak for the other Jane Does and Joe Blows who've been abused by sexual predators and give them courage to do something for themselves.”
Match.com President Mandy Ginsberg said in a statement given to the Associated Press that the website did not implement the screening process for years due to the “unreliability of the database” but after reviewing recent improvements, the company has decided to begin the checks with current and new members. "We want to stress that while these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members," Ginsberg said.