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Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Now instead of plotting revenge with your closest girlfriend, you can visit http://www.womansavers.com and tell thousands of people how he cheated on you with your best friend, dumped you after sex, didn't give you a thing for Valentine's Day, missed your birthday, or berated you.
"A lot of women who have been abused or cheated on are angry," Says Steffi Alexander, also known as Little Miss WomanSaver.
She created the web site in 2002 after a bad breakup. "They come to the site, they vent and complain. It prevents them from doing things that could be a lot worse."
WomanSavers.com has a free database that allows women to rate men they have dated in categories such as fidelity and verbal, emotional and physical abuse. A comments section allows them to explain - because, let's face it, why would anyone visit this site if she didn't need to vent?
So far, the database has 12,000 names, complete with birth date and hometown. Postings are anonymous, which seems a little unfair, but women do have the option to leave their name. However, many do not because they have been abused and fear for their safety. The men listed are free to post a rebuttal to tell their side of the story.
"I think this is going to make a difference," says Alexander, a single woman in her 30's, who splits her time between New York and Scottsdale, Ariz. "It might improve men's behavior. If they get caught, it may prevent potential future abuse of a woman. If it saves a handful of women from getting hurt by a man, it's all worthwhile."
"I built this web site to help women," she says. "The dating world is treacherous. There is so much lying, deceit, cheating and abuse going on."
Despite the horror stories, she still has hope that good men are out there. She has managed to avoid more abusive relationships.