In The Press

Over the last few years, I have granted interviews to several journalists who were researching cyberstalking and high-tech harassment. Most of those journalists had contacted the CyberAngels for information and some were referred through WHOA.

In most cases, I have suggested that the journalist also contact Hillyard to get his side of the story. He has communicated with several that I know of. All of those organizations (except maybe Hard Copy) were interested in presenting a balanced story.

Print media

If anyone has physical copies of these articles, I'd love to get a good photocopy. I don't have copies of most of them. I've done several other print interviews, and will provide dates and additional information after they are published.

Television

Several other television shows have requested interviews. I have not yet agreed to do any of those shows.

I've turned down interviews with several journalists who obviously wished to concentrate on personalities or do a wholly sensationalist story. I've not sought publicity for myself, and I do not intend to do so in the future, but I do wish to make more people aware of the gaping hole in application of laws to crimes committed on the internet. After the first few interviews I did I realized that, with all the messages on the net in my name, there was no way that I would maintain any degree of anonymity in the matter--that indeed, getting the story out would help fight the lies in those messages. A story from an unnamed woman has far less impact that one with a name and a face, so if my story was to be taken seriously I'd have to come forward and be identified.

I also want to raise the general level of awareness regarding how freely convicted criminals move about in our society. Until now I have never had any reason to deal with the criminal justice system in any way. I was incredibly naive, thinking that multiply convicted felons would certainly have done significant jail time (Hillyard hasn't, to my knowledge) and wouldn't have high-security government jobs (he did) or be involved with respectable organizations dealing with children (he says he was a cubmaster with the Boy Scouts). Those of us who've lived law-abiding lives simply don't realize how an experienced criminal can work the system and get away with serious crimes, over and over again, without ever experiencing any significant punishment.

At first Jayne Hitchcock and I were the only victims were willing to speak out publicly about cyberstalking. Fortunately others have come forward now and told their stories as well, and there is growing public awareness regarding internet safety and privacy issues.

In every case so far, the reporters have very little knowledge of the internet at all, so they frequently mis-state minor facts. They are, at least, making an honest effort to understand the background involved in this issue.

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