The online dating universe is growing more rapidly than we could have ever imagined: It seems every day, there’s a new app meant to connect users with their true loves or fun flings.

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When Emily’s parents called the police, they were told no offence had been committed as no sexual assault had taken place.

It is not against the law for a girl to dress as a boy, or indeed to create a false internet profile.

The increased perception of trust and closeness that comes with building a relationship online leads victims to take more risks than they otherwise would. The Internet also tends to foster bolder sexual communication in new relationships than face-to-face interaction.

While a person may flirt or act a certain way online, that doesn’t mean he or she intends to extend that intimacy or physicality to real life, which can often lead to mismatched expectations between the victim and the offender.“Time spent communicating online or money spent on traveling to meet or on the other person may foster expectations that the relationship will progress even more rapidly upon meeting, or may even create the attitude that an individual has a right to get what they want from that meeting,” the NCA report noted.

The fall formal dance was just a week away and I was hoping a boy I liked would ask me to go with him.

There was no way I could leave the room: What if he called and I wasn’t there to answer the phone? Dorm rooms didn’t come with answering machines and the development of voice mail was light years away.

Through all the years though he became a heroin addict. I never did them but he became more and more disrespectful and hurtful. In the end the outcome was a horrible heartbreak, a waste of three years and I later found out he cheated on me with over nine girls.

He lied, was manipulative, very controlling and yet very sensitive, at least only for his own feelings.

It was late fall during my freshman year at college.

My friends and I were piled on my dorm bed, staring at the phone and willing it to ring.

Indeed, Emily did tell everyone, proudly showing pictures of her new boyfriend — who told her his name was Matt — to her family and friends at school in her home town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. To Emily’s acute distress and embarrassment, her dream boyfriend turned out to be girl called Chloe; a fact she discovered only after they’d met up for the first time in October 2010.