Anyone who meets someone online, please heed this warning.
As I write this, I’m watching
Criminal Minds: Episode “Fear and Loathing.”
A teen girl sneaks out of her home.
Please always ensure that you video chat, prior to meeting f2f.
1st meetings should be in Public, with CCTV prevalent and Support Persons around you too.
Genuine people will provide a Written, Signed, Legal Document stating their boundaries and what their expectations are.
I never meet anyone in private the 1st few times.
I also provide details of meetings to a trusted friend, with the approx maximum time of contacting them.
I include contact details of the person I’m meeting.
In 2006, I travelled to Melbourne to meet an online friend, who offered their bed for me to share.
I had no address information or an escape plan. I only had the suburb.
I gave this persons name, number and suburb to a trusted friend, with an approx time that I would contact them.
Thankfully it all worked out fine.
Please take note of my advice, because it could save your life.