Online dating skyrockets Online dating sites can seem like a godsend for busy working adults like Jane Doe who have little time to find dates or who aren't keen on the bar scene for meeting someone.
Once stigmatized as a playground for nerds and the socially awkward, 15 percent of Americans say they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps, and has been a hit with millennials and Baby Boomers.
The number of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating nearly tripled from 10 percent to 27 percent in just the last three years, according to a February poll at the Pew Research Center.
The number of 55- to 64-year-olds using online dating has doubled in the last three years, the same poll shows.
And there are plenty of news reports about sexual predators using dating sites and social media as a way of finding victims.
This month, a Georgia woman filed a lawsuit claiming the dating site Ok fixed her up with a man who raped four other women before he sexually assaulted her on their first date.
During the bench trial — that is, a trial in front of a judge, not a jury — Jane Doe testified that Logan forcibly grabbed and groped her before assaulting her on his living room couch, telling her "Don't fight it.
This is how it has to be."In a single trial involving both cases, the judge acquitted him in the alleged 2007 attack.
Jane Doe's attorney revealed in open court that turned over numbers that showed they received more than 1,200 complaints involving rape or violence between 20.
10, 2007, adding, "I hope that you take my report seriously." Six months after she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a stranger who forced his way into her Willowbrook home, this is what Melissa Schuster can tell you: That getting stabbed actually felt more like getting punched; she never felt the puncture wounds. Six months after she was attacked and sexually assaulted by a stranger who forced his way into her Willowbrook home, this is what Melissa Schuster can tell you: That getting stabbed actually felt more like getting punched; she never felt the puncture wounds. (Vikki Ortiz Healy)After he was taken into custody and questioned by police in the 2009 attack, Logan denied to police that he assaulted Jane Doe and said he didn't recall dating or forcing himself on the woman in the 2007 attack, according to an arrest report.
Jane Doe told the Tribune she was thankful that the previous victim had filed a police report but was infuriated that Logan was allowed to remain on the site to meet other women.
She said she hoped her words would give strength to other online victims who are suffering in silence.
"What happened to me was terrible, but I wasn't going to let it destroy my life," she said.