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Posted On: 9th Mar 2018

Stalker Warning

Chloe Hopkins was stalked for seven years
It all began after a moment of kindness
She is warning others of the dangers of online abuse

Chloe Hopkins was really proud to be crowned Miss Prestatyn when she was 18 years old.

 

One of her duties was to switch on the Christmas lights in her home town. At the event she noticed a man standing alone so went to introduce herself and wish him a happy Christmas.

 

‘Those few seconds of kindness to a stranger led to seven years of stalking.’

 

Her story was broadcast on ITV News Wales on March 9.

 

Over the years, the stalker’s behaviour went from bad to worse.

 

‘He would post things through my door,’ Chloe explained. ‘He got a tattoo of my name on his chest, he followed me to Chester, Liverpool, sent me abuse on line - quite explicit stuff.

 

‘He would phone me up and make sexual noises down the phone. One of the worst times was when he attended the funeral of one of my friends and sat behind me in church.’

 

 

Chloe, now 25, is using her personal experience to help the police understand stalking better. With the help of Fixers, she is telling other young people what to look out for and how best to stay safe both on and off line.

 

Rachel Griffin, Chief Executive of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust is a supporter of her campaign.

 

‘Stalking is a lot more common than people think,’ said Rachel. ‘One in five women and one in 10 men will experience stalking at some point in their lives – so Chloe’s campaign really highlights that it doesn’t have to be a celebrity. This can happen to anybody.’

 

Chloe’s message to young people is that if they feel in anyway threatened, they should tell someone.

 

‘Speak out,’ she said. ‘And stay safe!’

 

To find other resources on this topic, and watch Fixers films, click on the image below.

 

Author: Paul Larsom

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