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Three years ago, I was on my Facebook writing silly statues / sharing videos when Suddenly I hear that notification noise, so I looked and had a friend request from this guy let’s say he’s called Derek. He looked nice, harmless, mysterious and we had two mutual friends in common. I didn’t accept his friend request for a few days. But when I did, Seconds after I got a message from him. He said “hello” so I spoke back, we exchanged messages for a few hours but after a while it was like I was talking to a different person. He randomly said “lets meet up tonyt” I thought that was a bit strange. I clicked onto his profile. He only had one picture, every friend of his was female and his statues were unusual. I was silly and didn’t view his profile when I accepted as before it was private with only one picture. I thought there would’ve been more photos.
At this point I was extremely creeped out, when I opened our conversation he had put lots of question marks. Which was odd as well, I was only gone a few minutes. I replied with “No sorry, I’m busy” i then deleted him off my Facebook. I thought everything was fine.
The next day I grabbed my phone to see if I had any messages or just the usual scroll through Facebook. When I saw lots of comments on my pictures from Derek! They were all like “you bitch” “add me back now” or just “hi” I also had friends of mine asking who this guy was. My cousin actually asked if the guy was bothering me. I lied and just said no, I didn’t think it was a massive problem. I deleted those comments very sharpish and then blocked him. (Back then my profile was open for anyone to view or comment)
Later that day, I had another friend request from the same person. I realized his picture looked a bit scary. It was just a picture of him close up to the camera with this glare in his eyes. It gave me shivers down my spine. Then it clicked…I blocked him and he’s made a new account. I blocked him AGAIN!. You won’t believe what happened next. He made another account and the same thing continued. He was able to send me messages and they were so aggressive, he was saying these things he wanted to do to me or what I should do to him. I felt physically sick. He made eight Facebook accounts to try and get to me.
I just ended up ignoring them. And I blocked his messages. Things felt okay ish. For a few months until I was on snapchat talking to friends and back then my snapchat was open to anyone. But anyway, talking to my friend about bikinis and stuff as we were going away to Devon for the weekend and we wanted to go swimming. I wasn’t sure what bikini to wear so I sent a picture to my bestfriend asking for her advice. As I’ve known her for over 10 years I didn’t think anything was wrong with that. I then clicked to see if she opened the picture and it said I never sent it to her.. Seconds later their was a screenshot from my story!!? I saw that the picture I was meant to send to my friend got sent to my story instead. I had one view and a screenshot and it was from someone called DEREk! … Shit. I know I was meant to send that to my friend but I’d never dream of sending that to everyone. I was only 16.
I messaged him asking why he had screenshot my picture and how he found me. He said “it looks like you’re wearing underwear, so if you stop talking I’ll send that to everyone you slut. I’ll lie and say you even sent rude ones by just showing that picture” I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do. The thought of that picture getting out terrified me. I just begged him not to, I said he was a nice person and basically kissed his arse for a minute. Till I realized my motto is
So I then deleted him off snapchat.
Over a year had past things were good. Until, I get a message on Facebook from this person again. He said hello. I told him to go away. He replied back with a picture message… He still had the picture of me. My heart started to race. I angrily asked him to leave me the fuck alone and what was he still doing with a picture like that. He just replied with “Blackmail I suppose, do what I say and meet me. Don’t under estimate me” I thought he was a joke. An hour later I got a message from my auntie and cousin saying who is Derek and I just replied with I didn’t know him and why. He even tried adding my auntie and cousins girlfriend. I don’t think he sent them the picture. I thought he would have.
Things were quiet up until this year. I eventually told my mum some of what he said and did. I showed her a picture of him too. She thought he was creepy and I should’ve told her! But back then I didn’t think.
That’s not all…
On my college course we usually go out to places after swimming. There was a field/ lake as such near my house which was handy as it would only take minutes to get home after leaving my classmates and teacher.Whilst we were at this field at this field there was a man sitting on the bench, I felt the need to look closely then it clicked…it was him. I froze and my heart felt like it was about to beat out of my chest. It was him!? It was Derek?! He just starred at me for a second then stood up and watched me for 20 minutes. The next week we were back at the field. I saw him again, but when I looked five minutes later he was gone. I thought that was a relief but it wasn’t.
“He followed me home”
My neighbour noticed a man starring at my house from across the street. He was just starring with a blank expression looking at my house. I was very freaked out. I told her a brief description of him and even showed her a picture. She said that was him with no hesitation. He was apparently watching the house for weeks. Which makes sense, it started from when I saw him.
The next step was to the police. Since then there’s been nothing from him. I hope that’s it. I wasn’t going to admit it, but he did scare me. You don’t know what someone is capable of.
Don’t be silly like me and add people you don’t know on personal social media, I’ve learnt my lesson. Please don’t make the same mistake as me. I would’ve included screenshots but I cannot for my own protection.
(I found out this guy was 5-6 years older than me)
Thankyou for reading. None of this was for entertainment purposes, all real.