More restraint must be exercised when it comes to online dating, as some are sometimes used as a trap for victims.
It seems almost every day we hear of incidents of hate and bigotry around the world.
This week’s disturbing offering comes from Dublin, Ireland, where a man was left bruised, bleeding and fearing for his life after turning up for a pre-arranged date and instead being beaten up by a group of teens.
According to reports, Marc Power, from north Dublin, arranged what he thought was a date on gay dating app Grindr. Last Tuesday night, however, at the time of the date, he was set upon and attacked with a hammer.
Marc was attacked by at least four young men while sitting in his car at the arranged meeting spot outside a cinema. Police say the incident took place at 10:30 p.m.
Marc’s assailants were carrying weapons including a hammer. He said they called him a “f****t” and a “p*****t”.
Speaking to the Irish Times, he recounted: “They started calling me a f****t, calling me a paedophile, a pervert. They were all laughing, that was one of the scariest things about it. Right away they were trying to get me in the head.
“I just was convinced they were trying to kill me . . . This was attempted murder.”
The group fled when others began to take notice. Marc was taken to hospital, where he required several stitches.
“I have experienced homophobia before. I’ve had people making snide comments. It’s always been there in one form or another,” he said.
“I’ve lived abroad most of my life and never had any problems. Back in Ireland I’ve had about three incidents. It makes me think about my own home city, and has it changed much. I’ve no issues with my sexuality; other people do.”
I’ve just been the victim of a premeditated homophobic attack here in Dublin. Went to meet someone off grindr. Was meet with a group of teenage boys with weapons. They tried to kill me with these weapons. They were trying to hit me on the head with hammers. They didn’t manage but I’m in the emergency room in hospital with facial injuries and my car was destroyed. I’m ok but fucking angry. I need to find out why grindr allows violent scum to open accounts . The police were helpful but hands tied as dumb teenage scum fear nothing. I’m going to media about this hopefully these scum will be rounded up. Anyone of my fb friend’s in Ireland if you know any media people please help me