A Tinder Date that went horribly, horribly wrong
By Vic Saule
A date organised over Tinder that ended in the gang rape of a tourist in Sydney last weekend is the second Tinder-facilitated disaster in Australia to occur in the last two months.
The dating app used by 10 million people was used to organise the meeting between the New Zealand woman and her soon-to-be rapist in Kings Cross on Saturday.
The New Zealander was joined by her date’s friends in Martin Place, where she began “to feel dizzy and numb, and lost her bearings,” according to a statement by NSW Police.
She woke up Sunday morning in an unfamiliar environment after being sexually assaulted by at least three men.
“There are a number of sexual predators out there who use modern technology to find potential victims,” said Detective Inspector Michael Haddow.
Tinder said it was “deeply saddened” by the scenario, echoing warnings made by authorities for users to organise dates with caution in order to avoid similar situations.
Tinder has managed to create 20 million other more successful matches, many of which have blossomed into lengthy relationships.
Daniel, a 22 year old Tinder user, told the ABC the app is purely “usually just about sex.”
However, the divide between consensual sex and rape is not as clear cut as anyone would hope.
Last September, a poll taken by 17,500 people on sexual assault revealed 1 in 5 Australians believe a woman is “partly responsible” for rape is she is intoxicated.
In response to this statistic, VicHealth chief executive Jerril Retcher said: “we are seriously concerned that many people have attitudes that lead to the potential for violence against women.”
“It is never acceptable and no woman ever invites it or deserves it.”