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Big Game...ahem we mean date. Having a dating game plan.

✔️Verify your new date’s identity

Before you meet your date, know who you are talking to. Use video chat, do an online search before agreeing to meet, and use tools like Garbo.

✔️Choose a familiar or well-reviewed and public location to meet.

Meet for the first few times in a populated, public place. If your date pressures you to go somewhere private, end the date and report the person through the Upward app.

Let a trusted friend or family member know where you are going and who you are meeting with.

Arrive at the location early to let a server or bartender know you’re meeting someone for the first time so that they can have your back.

✔️Have a way there and back.

Be in control of your own transportation. As a backup, use a ride-share app.

✔️Keep an eye on your drink and other personal belongings

Know where your drink comes from and know where it is at all times. Keep personal items with you.

✔️Good vibes only.

You deserve someone who respects you and gives you good vibes only.

✔️Report any and all bad behavior, both online and in real life.

If something is off, report the person to local law enforcement and through the Upward app. If it is an emergency, get to a safe place and call 9-1-1.

Keep all digital and physical evidence. Take screenshots of your conversations with your date before blocking the person and erasing the conversation history.

Report the incident as soon as you can and seek support. You do not have to go through it alone.

Not sure if something is off? Here’s a quick test:

🚩 Is the person acting the same or do they seem like a completely different person from your messages?

🚩 Did they cross or try to cross a boundary?

Did they get upset with you when you set a boundary or try to pressure you to change your mind?

Love is respect, nothing less.



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