Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News Tightens Background Checks After Alleged Sexual Assault
The homepage as it looks today.
Support your source for local news!
Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you.

After a Los Angeles woman reported that she was raped by a man she met on, the colossal dating website has agreed to institute new screening policies for potential users.
The LA Times reports that the site will now begin cross-checking users against a national sex-offender registry, despite previous concerns that such a policy would not be foolproof and may provide a false sense of security. The woman involved, listed only as "Jane Doe" in a lawsuit against the site, is described as Ivy League educated and employed in film and television. She was on a second date with Alan Paul Wurtzel, her alleged attacker, at Urth Cafe in West Hollywood when he followed her home and forced himself on her. She later discovered that he had been previously convicted of sexual battery.

In a statement, she noted that she believed herself to be cautious about potential suitors that she met on the internet: "This horrific ordeal completely blindsided me because I had considered myself savvy about online dating safety," she said.

Most Read