Stalking has become an ever-present risk of celebrity life, from Lily Allen’s seven year ordeal, to Gigi’s apartment scare when Marcell Porter breached security. And now it has effected the one and only Taylor Swift. Miss Swift is reported not to have been home when the breach of security happened on May 10th 2016.
The alleged stalker, Lucas Vorsteveld, was arrested outside Miss Swifts home by police after having been detained by Taylor’s personal security after Mr Vorsteveld reportedly continually banged on Miss Swifts door. He was not taken to police custody, but instead to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Although Miss Swift has had a brush with a threat that is very real to celebrities like herself it could have been much worse. Stalking is becoming more and more common according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NIPSVS) which shows that within the USA in one year, 7.5 million people had experienced acts of stalking against them. The study claims that 15% of women, and 6% of men experience an instance of stalking against them in their lifetimes.
Stalking became a commonplace phrase heard often when referring to the celebrity world, after the death of actress Rebecca Shaeffer was shot to death by an obsessed fan following two years of the fan stalking her.
Stalking has undergone an evolution from physically contact, now transcending the gap into the internet. Echo (Electronic Communication Harassment Observation)has conducted the first study of it’s type, investigating the advancements of cyberstalking over face-to-face harassment; with the demographics for victim and stalker being very different.
In traditional stalking cases the victims are predominantly female and the stalkers are usually male, whereas this study has revealed that in cases of cyberstalking those norms have been turned on their head. The study found that nearly 40% of cyberstalking victims online were men.
Whether you are man or woman, knowing how to stay safe online by not giving out personal information, keeping passwords private, and not giving contact details out will all help you protect your security as well as combatting any possible cyberstalking attacks you may receive. If you have any suggestion that you are being stalked, call the police. Do not take any chances, because it can be dangerous.
Lily Allen’s experience alone has shown us that.
Lily was harassed by a stalker for seven long years with the culmination of these events leading to him breaking into her family flat where her children slept, and threatening to kill Lily Allen in her bedroom. She has since come out publicly and stated that she feels bad for her stalker because she could tell something was wrong with him, and she wondered what had failed him to make him act this way. She believed he was ill.
Alex Gray has been convicted on the charges of harassment and burglary for his behaviour towards Miss Allen and it is alleged that she has been traumatised by these events. It is said that she is now living as a ‘hermit’ not wanting to leave her home.
More updates to come on the Taylor Swift stalking front, as more information becomes available. Samantha Bailey, LTA News.