Unfollow Me: Women are sharing their experiences of being stalked for an important reason

Lowenna Waters
Wednesday 25 July 2018 13:15
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Earlier this week, UK women's network Broadly launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness around stalking, called Unfollow Me.

In an exclusive report, they showed that between 2015-2017, 49 women in the UK were killed by men they'd previously reported to the police.

Taking to Twitter, UK Broadly editor Zing Tsjeng wrote:

Broadly also posted a video about Alice Ruggles, a 24-year-old woman who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend who stalked her, despite reporting him to the police twice before her death.

Following the drive, women have been sharing their terrifying ordeals at the hands of stalkers.

Some corroborated the statement that women have been ignored by police when sharing their experiences of stalking.

Another explained how they didn't take their stalker seriously to begin with, until things escalated.

Others were too worried to share their experiences of being stalked, in case it encouraged their stalkers.

Another shared her terrifying alleged ordeal in a string of tweets.

Others said the most upsetting part of their ordeal is that there's nothing stopping their stalkers doing the same to another woman.

The campaign aims to highlight the reality that often women aren't believed by the police when they report stalking, or they're not taken seriously. It also aims to encourage women to take decisive action towards introducing a stalking register to track dangerous offenders, and to help to prevent them from offending again.

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