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For all those single women out there – ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION!  Don’t become a victim because you were too concerned about making a scene or hurting some one’s feelings.  Decide in advance how you will react if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.  Waiting until something bad happens is not the time to be deciding how you will react.  Plan, visualize and practice.  ALWAYS carry your cell phone.

The following is from an article at http://www.suzylamplugh.org/

Dating is one of the most exciting ways to spend your free time but in the rush to find the right person, many of us forget about safety and concentrate on romance.

Dating Safety Tips

  • Whenever you are going out to meet someone you do not know well, leave details of where you are going, who you are meeting and when you expect to return – if your plans change, tell someone.
  • Arrange your first few dates in a busy public place.  Never give out personal details such as your address, until you feel you can trust the person.
  • Trust your instincts. If someone makes you nervous or uneasy, leave the situation immediately.  However this does not mean that someone is automatically safe to be alone with just because they are charming and make you feel at ease.
  • Plan how you are going to get home at the end of the night. If possible book your taxi before you go out, or simply arrange to drive yourself and meet your date.
  • If you are drinking alcohol, be careful not to let it affect your judgment or your ability to take care of yourself.
  • Watch drinks and food to ensure that nothing is added to them. If something tastes odd, do not eat/drink any more of it.
  • If someone you do not know well or trust offers to buy you a drink, you should either decline or accompany them to the bar and watch that nothing is added to your drink.
  • If you feel ill or light-headedtell a member of staff straight away and ask for a taxi to take you home.
  • After the date, do not go home with someone until you know and trust them. Avoid sharing a taxi home but if this is unavoidable do ensure that you are dropped off last so that your date does not learn where you live.

Dating Online

  • Think about your email addressor user name. A fun, sexy name may be successful at attracting dates but will they be the type of date you really want to meet?
  • Consider setting up a separate email addresspurely for dating purposes.
  • Avoid giving out your full name,phone numbers or any other contact information or form of identification until you have met theperson and are comfortable about them. Don’t feel pressured into doing so just because they give you their details.
  • If you receive any correspondencethat makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable, do not reply and report it to the site organizers.
  • Avoid anyone who wants to talk about sexor finances before you’ve even met them.
  • Be wary of anyone who declares undying lovewithin hours of meeting them – either online or in person.