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Simply swipe to the left or to the right in a dating app and you can already be given the opportunity to find friends or a potential partner. However, are these safe to use? This is now an issue at the Minot State University in North Dakota.
Many college campuses are now joining the bandwagon of using dating apps; it has become a trend that college students have been into lately. At Minot State, they are now stressing the safety issue with the use of these apps.
MSU student Health Clinic Director says that it is now very easy to find a date or match up with someone, but this presents a lot of dangers especially when you plan to meet a stranger. Some of the dangers include false identities, stalking and incidents of non consensual sex. The student health center admits that they already have two students who reported being caught up in such incidents. Fettig says that the students supposedly met up with strangers, had not gained any level of trust, and then later on, they were trapped in a very bad situation.
According to Fettig, just this year, different MSU students reported at least one of these incidents to the Title IX office. They had one case that required the involvement of the Minot Police Department.
Title IX Director, Lisa Dooley claims that she met with a couple of students in the office that were meeting individuals under false identities and even stalked the other parties involved.
To help prevent such incidents from happening, the Title IX Office already started a campaign to fight the issue. Safety tips are now posted on the almost 180 bathrooms in the campus.
Shanta James who is an MSU Senior thinks that some people have this misconception about dating apps that everyone else is looking to hookup until things start to go wrong.
Dolley advises dating app users to be careful about sharing personal information.