Predator

‘I have to get out of here!’ At 10, I looked back to see an old man chasing me. I felt chills up my spine.’: Woman begins healing journey after confronting stalking trauma, ‘I have finally stopped blaming myself’

“Things came to a boiling point. I ran all the way back to my house, flew up the stairs, locked the door, and melted into tears, gasps. The police didn’t help. ‘He hasn’t hurt her yet. We can’t do anything.’ He hadn’t hurt me YET. Imagine my 10-year-old brain trying to process this. How could I feel safe? All of my innocence, comfort went out the window. Every morning, he gazed at me from my bus stop.”

‘I posted this photo of my son after his wrestling tournament. It ended up on a fetish page.’: Mom warns parents about online ‘creeps,’ offers safety tips for ‘online parenting’

“Someone ‘liked’ my son’s picture. His account was private, so I put in a request to follow. I opened the account to see over 4,000 photos of prepubescent boys with their shirts off, girls in bathing suits, and my son’s pictures. The comments were VILE. I wanted to throw up. As a parent, I felt so guilty. Somehow this was my fault.”

‘I received a message from a stranger. ‘I’m so glad I found you.’ I begged him to reveal himself. I agreed to meet him at the park, alone.’: Woman warns of online predators after childhood catfishing scare

“In a few weeks, we progressed from talking about our likes and dislikes to becoming ‘boyfriend’ and ‘girlfriend.’ He kept asking to come to my house. Finally, that day would come. I walked 6 blocks to the park. It was dark. I twiddled my thumbs, applied my lip gloss. At the corner of my eye, I saw an older man. Something inside me screamed to turn away. ‘Mary?’ My heart skipped a beat. I was 11, and he looked about 45.”

‘He opened his eyes, and held my hand. ‘I love you too, but this is ridiculous.’ He proceeded to remove his oxygen mask. It was such a Dan thing to do, to choose his time.’: Woman loses her husband to cancer

“‘How did you meet Becca?’ I was sitting with my nose in a book when he plopped himself down. ‘Hi, my name is Dan,’ he said, matter-of-factly. I will never forget that night. Little did I know – he’d become my future husband. He passed away just 16 days after we said ‘I do.'”

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