More than a year after a young woman was repeatedly raped by her CouchSurfing host, the website is still ignoring women's and LGBTQ people's complaints of sexual harassment and abuse while using its service.
CouchSurfing denies responsibility for the actions of their users with the pat response that victims should more vigorously vet potential hosts and report illegal behavior to the proper authorities in the country in which they're traveling. The onus for safety is on the victim, not CouchSurfing. But this manner of thinking ignores the way the system itself facilitates illegal behavior, or at least, does little to prevent CouchSurfing from being used for nefarious purposes.
Tell CouchSurfing that you think increased safety measures should be made a priority immediately, and that sexual predators should not be allowed to use the site as a way to seek out their next victims.
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