Story of the Week:
Surviving a Stalker
Stalking is a scarily prevalent issue in today’s
society. In fact, the Stalking Resource Center
reports that 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will
be stalked in their lifetimes. Read the frightening
yet triumphant stories of two women who’ve
been through it below:
When Katie Call first met her now ex-boyfriend
Todd, she found him to be intelligent and endearing.
As the relationship progressed, Todd became very
possessive and text messaged her close to 800
times a month. Katie repeatedly tried to break
up with him, but Todd wouldn’t have it.
When she finally succeeded in ending the relationship,
Todd responded by putting hidden cameras throughout
her home and spying.
Though Katie confided in her mother Marcia during
this time, she did not elaborate as to how bad
the situation truly was. The saga ended when
Todd showed up at Katie’s door armed with
a gun and shot her. After a 12-hour standoff
with the police, Todd shot himself but, like
Katie, did not die. Katie is now using her story
as a cautionary tale to help other women avoid
dangerous stalking situations.
Nikki was just a freshman in high school when
she became a stalking victim. Both Nikki and
her mother Yvette got the impression that her
boyfriend was a nice person, but they quickly
learned otherwise. Her boyfriend forced her into
sexual activity against her will and spread rumors
about her, as well as forbade her from wearing
certain clothing. When Nikki tried to break up
with him, he responded by making phone threats
to kill both her and Yvette. Though her ex-boyfriend
has now been expelled, he is still walking the
streets awaiting trial.
Video Clip: Nikki and Yvette talk about how the
stalking affected their lives.
Tammy McElyea, a domestic violence coordinator
who assisted Nikki in getting through the trauma,
says that teen stalking is more common than popularly
thought. She adds that many teen victims keep
the situation from their parents and encouraged
them to talk about it as it can save lives.
angels really exist? Donna McGlashan thinks that
Vinny D’Amelio is living proof that they
do. After Donna crashed her car into a utility
pole, Vinny was driving by and heard Donna’s
screams. He then freed her from the burning wreck
and took her to safety. Though Donna sustained
extensive injuries, she recovered after a brief
hospital stay. While in the hospital, Vinny took
it upon himself to make some needed improvements
to Donna’s home so she’d have a warm
welcome upon her homecoming. We salute Vinny
for his bravery and kindness!
If you or someone you know is being stalked,
you can do something about it by calling the
National Center for Victims for Crime at 1-800-FYI-CALL
or visit the website at: www.ncvc.org/src
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