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What happens when a sex assault is reported to a dating app?

In today’s Big Story podcast, hope and optimism are the reasons we sign up for dating apps — even if we know we’ll end up in the muck when we get there. We expect some bad dates and ghosting and all the rest, but the reality is that a small percentage of these dates do end in alleged sexual assaults.
That’s horrific, and often the police are involved. But when the user reports their assailant to the app they met on, what happens? Who handles that complaint and escalates it? Are they trained to help victims? What actions do they take? Is there an official process or are victims fending for themselves? And if the accused user isn’t removed and it happens again—is the company that makes that app to blame?

GUEST: Brian Edwards, Columbia Journalism Investigations

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