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Google Him

You’ll do yourself a huge favor by treating any new guy -- whether you met him online or at your best friend's dinner party -- as a stranger. Even if you’ve emailed, Skyped and traded tons of texts, you still don’t know him, so it’s wise to be cautious -- even if you think he’s nice and charming. Last spring, a Los Angeles TV executive was raped by a man she met on To keep yourself safe, follow these basic rules:

Google your date. Plan your first few dates for busy, public places; meet him there so he doesn’t know where you live. Tell a friend where you are and when you’ll be home. Check in with her during the night. Take your bag, keys and phone with you any time you leave the table. Order a fresh drink if you leave yours unattended to prevent being drugged. After Googling her date-rapist, that LA TV executive discovered he had several convictions for sexual battery.

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