Louisiana Man Tortured And Nearly Strangled To Death By Grindr Hookup Says He Still Uses App

Posted November 21, 2021 by with 5 comments

Via Insider:

After chatting with a man on the gay dating app Grindr on and off for a year, Holden White, 18, decided to meet up with him in June 2020. White, a college student, said he agreed to be handcuffed by Chance Seneca, 19, because he was interested in trying something new. But then Seneca pulled out a loaded pistol, White said.

“He then began to strangle me, and that lasted for 30 to 40 minutes, to the point that every blood vessel in my face ruptured,” White said.

He said he lost consciousness and woke up naked in a bath with six stab wounds to his throat. In an affidavit, an FBI agent said White’s wrists were “slit to the bone.”

White fell into a coma and spent days intubated in a hospital.

While White seeks justice, he still frequently uses Grindr and other dating apps, he said.

“I use all the apps because I don’t blame them 100% for what happened to me,” he said during a video call.

Nowadays, White takes more precautions, he said.

“Since the incident, I don’t go to their home anymore,” he said. “I either meet them in public, or they come to my house, because I live in apartments and I have roommates, so it’s safer that way.”

Inspiring story of resilience, but given Grindr’s complete lack of safety features, I’d be too worried that another nightmare could happen at any time.

[Insider: A gay college student says he still uses Grindr after surviving horrific torture at the hands of a man he met on the app — but he takes steps to protect himself]

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