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Former Cape Coral mayor creates dating site to combat domestic violence

You' provides background info on users
Posted at 11:26 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 09:06:53-05

Former Cape Coral mayor, Marni Sawicki launches a new dating site aimed to combat the issue of domestic violence by providing users with additional background information.

Statistics say that over 49 million people in the United States have tried online dating, yet very view sites run background searches.

“I absolutely believe the online dating sites should be doing more to protect their users,” said Marni Sawicki.

Sawicki and her business partner launched You’re A Match, which allows survivors to anonymously post police reports, restraining orders, convictions and other verifiable documents.

“Victims upload it and we house it; we have our first amendment right to do that and act as the library that holds all of this,” said Sawicki.

“To be frank, if the government is not going to do it, then somebody else has to. We’re just not comfortable that the governments going to do it...or do it right,” said Sawicki.

She says this platform serves not to convict anyone, but simply to promote safer dating practices.

“We’re not going to be saying if they’re guilty or not, its just education not vindication,” said Sawicki.

In a world where more and more people are meeting online, its best to first get all the facts.

“They can make their own decision if they want to go out with them or not, but at least they have the information, ” said Sawicki.

She says that of the 3 million restraining orders reported each year, only 1 million are uploaded to the FBI’s crime database.

The site aims to provide a safer dating experience and relies heavily on survivor engagement.

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