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Harassed By A Stalker 2013 72018

Harassed by a Stalker: A True Story of Survival

Being harassed by a stalker is a terrifying and traumatic experience that can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. In this article, I will share my personal story of being stalked and harassed by a former partner for five years, from 2013 to 2018. I will also offer some tips and resources for anyone who is going through a similar situation or knows someone who is.

harassed by a stalker 2013 72018

How It All Started

I met my stalker, who I will call John, in 2012, when we were both working at the same company. He seemed charming, intelligent, and attentive at first, and we started dating soon after. However, I soon realized that he had a dark side. He was possessive, jealous, and controlling. He would constantly check my phone and social media accounts, accuse me of cheating on him, and isolate me from my friends and family. He would also verbally abuse me, call me names, and threaten to harm me or himself if I ever left him.

I tried to break up with him several times, but he always begged me to take him back, promising to change and treat me better. He would also shower me with gifts and apologies, making me feel guilty and confused. I was afraid of what he might do if I rejected him completely, so I stayed with him for a year.

The Stalking Begins

In 2013, I finally gathered the courage to end the relationship for good. I moved out of our shared apartment and blocked his number and social media accounts. I thought that was the end of it, but I was wrong. John started to stalk me relentlessly. He would show up at my workplace, my home, and anywhere else he knew I would be. He would follow me in his car, send me hundreds of texts and emails, and leave me voicemails and notes. He would also create fake accounts to contact me online or through other people.

He would alternate between begging me to get back with him and threatening to hurt me or himself if I didn't. He would also spread lies and rumors about me to my coworkers, friends, and family. He would accuse me of being unfaithful, stealing his money, or having an abortion without his consent. He would also claim that he had cancer or was suicidal and needed my help.

I was terrified of what he might do next. I felt like I had no privacy or safety. I was constantly looking over my shoulder, afraid that he might be watching me or waiting for me. I was also ashamed and embarrassed of what was happening to me. I didn't want anyone to know or judge me. I felt like it was my fault for getting involved with him in the first place.

How I Fought Back

I tried to ignore him and hoped that he would stop eventually, but he didn't. He only became more persistent and aggressive over time. In 2014, he broke into my apartment and trashed it. He also slashed my tires and smashed my windows. In 2015, he attacked me physically when I was walking to my car after work. He grabbed me by the hair and punched me in the face several times. He also tried to choke me and said he would kill me if I ever dated anyone else.

That was the last straw for me. I realized that he was not going to stop unless I took action. I decided to report him to the police and get a restraining order against him. It was not easy to do so. I had to gather evidence of his stalking and harassment, such as texts, emails, voicemails, notes, photos, videos, etc. I also had to testify in court and face him again. It was scary and stressful, but it was worth it.

The judge granted me a permanent restraining order against him in 2016. He was also arrested and charged with stalking, harassment, assault, vandalism, trespassing, and other crimes. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2017.

How I Recovered

Getting rid of John was a huge relief for me, but it was not the end of my journey. I still had to deal with the emotional and psychological effects of being stalked and harassed for five years. I suffered from anxiety, depression, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, d282676c82