A lawsuit was recently filed against Match.com, one of the more popular internet-based dating websites, by a woman that claimed she was raped by a man she met through their platform. The alleged victim is demanding that Match.com implement a background screening policy for all of its users, which would include a nationwide sex offender registry search.
The president of Match.com acknowledged, “The company had considered such screenings for years, but their historical unreliability has always led us to conclude against it.” The company is correct in describing nationwide sex offender registry searches as unreliable. The database inadvertently misses 20% of all offender information at the statewide level; therefore, nationwide sex offender registry searches would still be unreliable to a degree even if they were implemented. The proper screening process should include first identifying the jurisdictional location of the user, which would allow Match.com to access individual statewide repositories to search for sex offender information. Match.com went on to say that the nationwide database utilized “enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to move forward with this initiative, despite its continued imperfection.”
The alleged victim stated that she and the alleged defendant went out on a second date to a restaurant in West Hollywood, CA. The victim alleges the rape occurred once they returned to her apartment. The defendant is claiming that both parties had a “consensual encounter” that was between “two consenting adults who went on a second date and went back up to her apartment.”
The attorney for the victim stated that his client may ask the Los Angeles Superior Court judge for a restraining order preventing dating websites such as Match.com from authorizing any new users until a “sexual-predator screening system is installed.”
It should be noted that the victim conducted a check on the accused (after the incident occurred) and found that he had previous convictions for sexual battery.