|"Anonymous" 'Outs' Man who drove teen to suicide
||[Oct. 16th, 2012|11:59 pm]
The damage stalkers and Internet bullies are capable of doing is far greater than most people realize, perhaps even including the stalkers and bullies themselves. Not that they care, of course: they believe that they are doing the right thing, and that their actions can be justified by their right to free speech.|
"Anonymous", the outlaw group that illegally published thousands of classified documents on the Internet some months ago, finally seems to have done something good: they appear to have found the man who drove Amanda Todd to suicide.
He convinced her, at age twelve, to pose topless for him. A year later, he tried to blackmail her into doing more. She stood up to her stalker, and he retaliated by publishing the picture of her. She moved, and her stalker found her again. And when she moved again, he found her again. Each time, he proved that he'd found her by giving her addresses, names of her friends and relatives, where she went to school, more than enough details about her new location and life to make it obvious that he wasn't lying.
Once the picture was published, other bullies joined in, saying other hateful things, including the oft-repeated wish that she would kill herself. A short while ago, at age fifteen, she gave them what they wanted and hung herself. It was the only way to escape her tormentors, including her stalker.
Her stalker thought he was safe, because he had "hidden" his identity, too stupid to realize that you can't really hide on the Internet. You can slow down your pursuers, you can make it difficult and expensive, and you can, for awhile, hide behind the protections of the law. The same law that makes such violations of privacy illegal can be made to work for a short while for the stalker himself by protecting his privacy. But nothing lasts forever.
"Anonymous", being an outlaw group, doesn't worry about niceties such as search warrants or due process, and they believe that they have found him. They have stripped away his anonymity so that now HE can be shamed as he has apparently shamed others, and he can finally feel something of what Amanda Todd did.
"Anonymous" is not positive that this IS the man who destroyed Amanda Todd's life, but they are quite certain that the man they exposed is a pedophile, so they don't really care, either. The police are now investigating, and from the viewpoint of "Anonymous", it is a no-lose scenario: either a pedophile is sent to jail, or the man who stalked Amanda Todd to her death is sent to jail. And if it isn't the man who drove Amanda to suicide, they'll look some more until they DO find him.
Some stalkers are very sophisticated. Some stalkers are downright stupid. But no stalker can remain hidden forever.