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A Los Angeles woman is suing dating website Match.com after being raped on a date with a man she met through the service. She's also seeking a restraining order that would stop the site from adding new members.
Though the site includes a disclaimer and encourages its members to screen potential dates independently, the lawsuit demands that Match.com "increase screening for sexual predators." The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she was raped in 2010 by Alan Paul Wurtzel, a man she met through the site:
The alleged victim... called the attack a "horrific ordeal" that "completely blindsided me because I had considered myself savvy about online dating safety."
"It started with what seemed like a pleasant date at Urth Cafe in West Hollywood," she said. "Things quickly turned into a nightmare, beyond my control. Everyone needs to be aware of the dangers in online dating and realize that it can happen to them."
After the encounter, she learned that Wurtzel had "previous sexual battery convictions." It's unclear if the woman is seeking damages.