A young woman was murdered this week, in gruesome fashion, by a man she met online. A police spokesperson said that the label of "stalking" didn't apply because "She met with him willingly." Meanwhile, thousands of women online were sharing the stories of their stalkers for the first time...and many of them originally met with them willingly.
The past two years have seen us confront sexual assault and harassment face on, in a way we have not in the past. But stalking has been a missing part of that conversation. Why is that? How well do victims understand their rights when someone stalks them? How do police respond when it's reported? How can we recognize when behaviour that began in a manner that seemed innocent is crossing the line?
GUEST: Julie Lalonde, activist and educator, OutsideoftheShadows.ca