Internet dating manipulation
As an outsider, it is difficult to understand how a person becomes a victim.
Long conversations, day and night, over email, messenger or the telephone.
From my experience interviewing victims, it starts out innocently.
An online message from a dating website or social media, a “like”, a “wink” or a “kiss”.
But this just demonstrates the level of manipulation that exists in these relationships as well as the strength and intensity of the bond that offenders are able to establish to continually convince the victim that their “love” is real.
Media are littered with other stories of men and women who have suffered at the hands of online offenders, and are fully aware of what happened.