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Alleged Rape Victim Wants Match.com to Screen Out Predators

Alleged Rape Victim Wants Match.com to Screen Out Predators
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You lose points for leading with the word "Alleged". Alleged rape victim casts aspersions on the victim. Since neither the victim or attacker are named in this story the word "alleged" serves no journalistic purpose. The point of the article is that background checks are an unreasonable expectation for DIY dating services. No doubt a number of rapes, reported and not, have occurred from services like these. And worse. Example: the craigslist killer.

Devil's advocate: match.com is unique in that while they claim no background checks, they routinely reject ads from non-heterosexuals or those not seeking "monogamous marriage". They also advertise and solicit specifically for people outside of the internet community who might from their advertisements (and policies) mistake them for a marriage broker. By fishing in the n00b waters, courts and jurors may decide they have a greater responsibility to be certain their customers have education about internet dating, net safety, etc.

04/16/2011

And courts do hold bars and other establishments responsible for the safety and action of their patrons. Poor lighting in parking lots that contributes to crime? Ka-ching! It'll cost you in court so shell out for the lights in the first place --some places have a bouncer escort single women to their cars safely. Serving drinks to someone who drives away and smashes into someone? Ka-ching!

04/16/2011

Hi G.L. : Though neither party is named in this story, the "alleged" perpetrator's name is one link away; My call was that caution was in order. Also -- yes, of course, bars and other establishments can be held liable for safety and actions, but other than making sure that someone is old enough to drink (and not already clearly drunk?) -- well, that's all it takes to get *in*. (As I remember, anyway. )

Interesting devil's advocate point ... I'd bet against a court calling it that way, but stranger things have happened and I'm occasionally wrong, yep I am ...

04/16/2011

G. L. Morrison - they GAIN points for the use of 'alleged' because there's a little thing in this country called the presumption of innocence, and journalistic integrity requires recognition of the fact that this particular case hasn't gone to court yet and the evidence hasn't been heard.

04/18/2011

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