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Letter: The horror of stalking

What does it feel like to be stalked?

Do you really know how it feels to be targeted by a stalker? Many of you do. You become hypervigilant, you fear for your life, the life of your children. You never know when that “moment” will come when you let your guard down, for just a moment, and you will be attacked.

Forty-six percent of stalking victims fear not knowing what will happen next. The National Center for Victims of Crimes states, “7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States; 15 percent of women and 6 percent of men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.”

Most of these people are not famous people, they are just like you and me. Don’t be fooled victims come from all walks of life; so do the monsters.

Stalking is one of the most under-reported crimes in our valley. And yet when it is reported, and when a case is opened, as in my case, one would hope that would be the end of it, but for me it was only the start of more horror to come. I have now heard from so many others in this valley that have been stalked and some, like me, that are still enduring stalking. It changes your whole world.

It’s been over three years since, just by chance, I made acquaintance with one of the worst out there. He’s always present with tech stalking, breaking into my vehicle, making harassing calls, sending texts, accessing my accounts, my cameras on my devices, my audio and even the texting in my car.

I ask individual officers what I can do. “Its hard to prove tech crime,” they say. They act as if cyber crimes don’t really exist at the level I’ve been subjected to. They just look at me sadly and say they get their orders from the top — investigation isn’t explored, just swept away without reporting. Cops’ hands tied from the top. Why?

Our elected official refuses to put these monsters behind bars. I’m not alone. There are dozens of similar cases that exist. If you are one of these cases, please contact me – there may be more power in numbers.

Megann Grett-Pratt

Carbondale


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