Safe dating

With GCC Spot you are likely to meet new people, and we would like this experience to be only positive.

Your safety is a priority. We advise you to read and use the following information in all your dating activities, both online and offline. Remember that you are always in control of yourself in social situations and can best judge your own safety. Make note, however, that these guidelines are not intended to be a substitute for your own judgement.

  1. Never give personal information to people you don’t know or haven’t met in person.

  2. Never respond to any request to send money and report such attempts to GCC Spot immediately.

  3. GCC Spot will never send you an email asking for your username and password information. Report any such communication immediately.

  4. Report users that are suspicious. Be aware of persons who try to move the conversation on the platform to text, personal email or phone conversations.

  5. Get to know GCC Spot users online before meeting them in person. It may happen that your contacts will try convince you to communicate off the platform immediately. Learn as much as you can about people you talk to before you decide to move your conversation elsewhere.

  6. If you meet for the first time, choose a public and populated place, not a private apartment or a remote location.

  7. Inform a friend or family member of your plans and when and where you’re going. Make sure you have your cell phone charged and with you at all times.

  8. You need to be independent and in control of your own transportation, especially in case things don’t work out.

  9. Consumption of alcohol and/or other drugs can impair your judgment and potentially put you in danger. It’s important to keep a clear mind and avoid anything that might place you at risk. Be aware that bad actors might try to take advantage of you by altering your beverage(s) with synthetic substances.

  10. An important aspect of any healthy relationship is ensuring proper sexual health and safety. And as a member of the GCC Spot community it is your responsibility to make sure you do the following, if you choose to engage in sexual activity.

  11. You and your partner should use proper protection. Condoms and other mechanisms can significantly reduce the risk of contracting or passing on an STI, such as HIV. To be effective, however, protective measures must be used consistently. Please keep in mind, you can still get certain STIs, like herpes or HPV from contact with your partner’s skin even when using a condom.

  12. It is completely reasonable to have a conversation with your partner regarding sex and sexual contact before actually having it. All issues ranging from the number of partners each of you has had, to the last time each of you was tested for STIs are fair game. Many STIs are curable or treatable. If either you or your partner has an STI that is curable, you both need to start treatment to avoid becoming re-infected. It is important to be completely honest in these conversations.

  13. The risk of contracting some STIs can be reduced through vaccination. Talk to your doctor or a professional at a sexual health clinic to learn more.

  14. Know your status. Some STIs don't show symptoms. Regular testing is critical to staying on top of your health and helping prevent the spread of STIs. After testing, always ask for a copy of your test results so you are sure of your status. There are many free, quick and confidential testing options - find the best locations near you.

If something has happened and you or somebody else is in need of help, or you are in danger that includes a threat of violence or sexual assault, call the emergency immediately.