Should You Use a Background Check Service for Online Dates with Kathryn Kosmides

Should You Use a Background Check Service for Online Dates with Kathryn Kosmides

The online world has provided many valuable opportunities, but it has also become a gateway for perpetrators and suspicious individuals to find vulnerable targets. With the proliferation of online dating apps, rideshare, and almost every online service, how can you protect yourself from potentially dangerous meetings?

Welcome to the Scarlet Society podcast. Today’s guest is Kathryn Kosmides, founder and CEO of Garbo, a nonprofit organization on a mission to proactively prevent harm through technology, tools, and education.

“We want to protect those most vulnerable to experiencing harm both online and offline, and this is just the first step in delivering on our mission to help proactively prevent harm in the digital age.” 

“Whether it’s online dating or the dozens of other ways we meet strangers in today’s digital age, we should know if we’re potentially putting our safety at risk,” says Kathryn Kosmides.

Join us today as we talk about the best way to protect yourself from potential harm or violence when meeting strangers online and what you can do to help others who might be experiencing abuse or gender-based violence.

What motivates me and keeps me going and healing is the resiliency of survivors. You can throw whatever you want at them, and they just keep surviving. You can’t knock them down.” – Kathryn Kosmides

In This Episode:

1:05 Meet Kathryn Kosmides, founder and CEO of Garbo

4:51 Why is a service like Garbo important?

6:25 Protecting yourself from gender-based violence

6:48 Kathryn talks about her horrifying personal experience that led to the idea of Garbo.

12:29 What is Garbo’s ultimate goal?

14:34 How do you bounce back and stay hopeful after surviving a terrifying experience?

17:32 What advice and resources can we share for someone who is in crisis?

20:04 How does Garbo work? Kathryn walks us through the process of accessing and using the platform.


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