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5 People On Fearing For Their Safety While Dating 07 Feb 2019 10:48 #13854

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06/02/2019 06:00 GMT | Updated 23 hours ago

‘He Talked About Burying My Body’: 5 People On Fearing For Their Safety While Dating
A quarter of Brits have felt unsafe on a date in the past 12 months.

By Sophie Gallagher

Jasmine Andersson knew something was wrong 10 minutes into the date. The man she had matched with on Bumble and just met for dinner at a food market in east London, said: “I could kill you and hide your body within 15 minutes.”

“I said: ‘Sorry, what?’ And he says: ‘I’m joking, maybe it would take 20.’”

The 26-year-old vividly remembers the exchange, even though it happened three years ago, because of the two-hour panic attack that followed. “My survival instincts kicked in. To not put myself in danger, I felt like I now had to tentatively see through the evening in his company,” she says. “I knew moving could mean he could follow me, and worse could happen.”

Despite it still being daylight and a public place surrounded by people – two of the safeguards commonly recommended when meeting a new internet date – Andersson felt paralysed by fear. She managed to leave around four hours later when, she says, her date graphically described having sex with a model and then racially abused two Muslim women sitting nearby. “I finally told him to f**k off and ran away.”

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