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Online relationships tend to progress more quickly than those offline, the National Crime Agency said, and emotional intimacy often leads to people feeling that they are at a more advanced stage of a relationship by the time they meet in real life.
In more than half of online-connected date rapes recorded between 20, communications of a sexual nature preceded a real-life meeting.
A full 85% of victims are women, while 25% of the male victims were between the ages of just 15 and 19.
So they recommend meeting in public and staying in public, and to not feel pressured to go home with your date.
And if you want to go somewhere more private, make sure you've discussed what's going to happen with your date and you're both aware of any boundaries.
The agency says they released the data to make sure people know about the safety risks that come with online dating. K.-specific, police in Dallas released similar warnings earlier this month.
"Our aim here is to make people aware of the potential danger, so they can be better prepared and make the choices that are right for them," Sean Sutton, head of the NCA's Serious Crimes Analysis Section, said in a statement.
Investigators are looking into possible reasons why the uptick is happening now.