Dating Safely

Safety is a top priority at Be My Unicorn. We want every user to have a positive experience, meet the person of their dreams and feel safe doing it. Therefore, we put together an important safety protocol for you to follow whether you are online or meeting someone in person. Please take the time to read the following guidelines and contact us if you have any questions. Also note that we are not responsible for any decisions you make regarding your own judgment. These tips are meant to help guide you, not make decisions for you.

Online

Personal Information

Never give anyone information about your personal life before you meet in person. This ranges from your social security number to your address or where you work.

Money

Never transfer or send money to anyone, even if you think you know him or her. Someone may act like they are in an emergency or say they will pay you back, but this is almost never the case. It is almost impossible to get your money back if they are trying to steal from you.

Suspicious Behavior

If you feel like someone is crossing the line, please report them immediately. BMU prohibits any of the following:

  • Asking for money.
  • Nudity.
  • Minors.
  • Members sending offensive messages.
  • Members behaving inappropriately at any time.
  • Fake profiles.
  • Spam or solicitation.

In-Person

Meet in Public

Never meet someone at his or her house or in a place where other people won’t be around for your first date.

Tell Friends and/or Family

Always let your friends and/ or family know when you are going on a date. Share your location with someone on your phone. Give them specific details so they know where you will be in case you need to leave your date.

Drive Yourself

Never let the person you are meeting for the first time pick you up. For safety, drive yourself or use a ride-share service to go to your public meeting spot.

Stay on Alert

It is best to stay sober so you are fully aware of your surroundings during your dates.

Health

Protection

Always use protection with your partner. Condoms are most effective in preventing STI’s or HIV.

Get Tested

Before you start to go on any dates, it is suggested that you know the status of your health. If you are intimate with someone, it is also important to get regularly tested to reduce the spread of any STI’s.

Be Open and Honest

If you find out you do have an STI or HIV, you must always be open and honest with your partner. It may be hard, but many STI’s are curable with treatment.

Additional Support

In the case of an emergency, immediately call 911. If you would like additional support, advice or help, please call the 24hr hotlines provided below.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 | www.thehotline.org

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-272-7888 or text 233733 | http://www.humantraffickinghotline.org

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: 1-877-739-3895 | http://www.nsvrc.org

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678) | http://www.cybertipline.com

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE | www.rainn.org

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative: 1-844-878-2274 | http://www.cybercivilrights.org

VictimConnect – Crime Victim Resource Center: 1-855-4VICTIM (855-484-2856) | http://www.victimconnect.org

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov