Carla Franklin was cyberstalked and bullied for years by a man she briefly dated. She has now become an advocate and expert for online harassment. Host Michel Martin talks with Franklin about her experience and cyberstalking laws.
“He was constantly Googling me, and emailing me… at the time, I was dating other people. He was certainly not my boyfriend; I want to be clear.”
“[Y]ou go back to your precinct, and you make them take a police report, and then you make a detective do the investigative work. And that’s what I did. And it took that level of persistence to get someone at a very – you know, like local level, to pay attention.”
“The harassment stopped once he was served by the NYPD, believe it or not… the problem with crimes like this – like stalking and harassment – is that, you know, people who dedicate this much energy to stalking and harassing you, usually are dangerous; and it’s nothing to be played with.”
Carla’s website is CarlaFranklin.com; she outlines some very good tips there, among them are:
Trust your instincts when you feel someone is being abusive and obsessive
If things escalate… create a timeline and paper trail
File a police report… it is your RIGHT!
Beware of conversations with mutual friends; Stalkers and harassers generally use them to obtain information about you
Hire a lawyer, but only one that a) is a litigator and b) specialized in domestic violence and orders of protection
(Anything underlined below is a link… I don’t know why only one of the links below changed to the link color when I created it…)
A week ago, on a whim, I visited Tampa, another city I’ve not yet visited despite living in Florida for over 13 years now. Before I left I got on Reverb Nation to see what kind of music was playing there locally.
My best friend happened to be driving down to the Tampa area that day too so we met up in Ocala for a coffee. We parted, I continued on to Tampa. Since I couldn’t get into the hostel (see below), I got on Hotwire to find an affordable hotel. I checked in, then went to Mojo Books, where I found some CDs and a couple books.
The next day I checked out Gram’s Place, a hostel that I could not get into the night before. I hung out for an hour or so talking to some of the people staying there; we traded notes on music we saw the night before. When I return to Tampa some day, I will definitely stay at Gram’s place, as it is a cool, cozy little place and it reminds me so much of Luna Star– the same aesthetic, plus Gram’s Place has hosted some of the same acoustic musicians Luna Star has hosted.
“Understanding the Economic Crisis: A Neo-Marxist Perspective”
Presenter: David Jaffee, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of North Florida
Description: Is the current U.S. economic crisis an anomaly, or is it an inherent and predictable feature of capitalism? Under prevailing conditions, what are the prospects for a sustained recovery? Neo-Marxist theory can provide some interesting insights into how we got here and where we might be heading.
This man. Look at his hair! He has the coolest hair in Riverside. He’s a cool guy all around. I chatted with him today, as I have before, as I was heading back home from my walk. He said I could post these here. He helps the peeps at Cool Moose Cafe with their carpentry needs. He hangs out there sometimes too.
UNF Third Thursday is a casual evening of fun and networking with fellow alumni and friends. The appetizers are free, compliments of Seven Bridges. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Services at (904) 620-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to bring your frequent “fly”er card! If you don’t have one, make sure you ask for one!
We pulled off the nomination to get Jacksonville on the ballot for BeerCity USA. Now it is our turn to show the nation that we are proud of our beer scene, breweries, and establishments. From the fevered last hour voting we achieved in order to get on the ballot, it is apparent that Jacksonville is a passionate beer city. We just have to prove it by voting for our fair city as BeerCity USA.
This weekend I drove up to Atlanta for a couple days, just to explore, just to try something new. Crazy that I have never actually spent time in the city itself– I’ve been living in Jacksonville for almost 8 years now, and a 5 hour drive is nothing, as I love to drive. I’ve made the 5 hour trip to Miami countless times, to see my friends from when I used to live there.
This time I used Hotwire to score affordable hotel rates. Two places I ended up checking out, that I would highly recommend to people with my same aesthetic leanings, are:
This place reminds me a lot of places I’ve encountered in Seattle and Chicago. Large beer selection, alternative crowd, dark, cozy. The fact that it was raining like crazy outside when I was there helped give that impression.
Two years ago I ran a different but very similar Meetup group; it was called “Jacksonville Public Philosophy Workshops”. In all, we held 9 sessions over about 9 months, each session featured one or more individuals leading an active learning session about some topic, tool, or problem related to Philosophy.
I had to close it due to a lack of time, resources, and frankly, energy! Those of you who adjunct for a living know what I mean. Anyway, earlier this year I started working part-time as a Compliance Program Analyst in the Ethics & Compliance department of a company that maintains some operations here in Jacksonville. Once this semester ends in just a week or so, I’ll have more time and resources to devote to Public Philosophy, which is one of my most enduring passions! Hence, this group.
FYI, I’ll still be teaching one course a semester at FSCJ!