Victims of Online Predators and Stalkers
The internet often seems like a more hospitable place than it really is. Just like the real world, it is home to some nasty and unscrupulous characters. It’s easy to forget how much information we sometimes put into their hands through nonchalant online behavior.
Kristen Pratt, a recent graduate of the University of
Central Florida, responded to a harmless-seeming Facebook message from a former
classmate whom she’d never met. In the message, classmate Patrick Macchione asked
her how she was and what she was up to. He turned out to be a deeply disturbed
young man who went on to harass Ms. Pratt through Facebook, Twitter, telephone,
and Youtube videos and threaten her with death. He is now behind bars.