Evidently an alarming number of people seem content with getting all their information from unhinged rapists on twitter. (Reasons
Trump is an actual president.)
It's become a thing. Like fake news. Apparently some find sexual harassment really entertaining too. This is profoundly unethical.
Before making conclusions, (or judgements) always consider the source.
Toronto Police advised me to never engage a stalker in any way. Don't respond to emails or cat calls online. Any reaction from you would only fuel their disturbing social behaviour. Provide more fodder for their invented fantasies, thus perpetuating their sick fixation. Of course, this approach doesn't work online. Stalkers seem to so enjoy the attention they receive from fellow stalkers and bullies online, any response from you is hardly necessary for harassment to escalate.
I can only hope AI will soon fix this, but until then, your only true recourse is to learn to hack.
When meeting strangers, online or IRL, steer clear of any human who seems uncomfortably desperate and needy right off the bat.
People you meet at parties are not your friends. They won't have your back. Don't 'Friend' or 'Follow' them, and if you occasionally partake of herbal remedies like marijuana, don't give out your business card while high.
If you are going to stand up for something publicly — human rights, ethics, politics — be prepared to stand alone.
I don't spend 24/7 on twitter, or any other social network, and neither should you. These are toxic environments and it would be wise to limit your exposure.
Be vigilant about protecting your information and privacy online.
This is the kind of man (or woman) who spends his (or her) days creating multiple anonymous twitter accounts from which to stalk and harass random women online: Canada Creep. The Canada Creep twitter account amassed over 17,000 (complicit) followers, (whose names/photos I'd still like to see.) That this has become acceptable social behaviour is not funny. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I no longer wish to participate in this century. If you see something that's not right, report it, don't just ignore it. Don't let them win. For the love of all things good and true, don't let this become the future of the Internet.
Stalking a woman is not a romantic gesture. It is a crime.
Sexual Harassment is not a bizarre new form of reality television.
And a stalker/rapist is not your boyfriend. He is not your ex-boyfriend. He is a disturbed individual who should seek professional help.
There are a number of possible ways to fix the unholy sewer of hate and defamation that is twitter. Encouraging harassment isn't one of them.
Photo by: Toa Heftiba Cebu City, Philippines