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Athlete names and shames stalker online

The Local · 22 Apr 2012, 15:31

Published: 22 Apr 2012 15:31 GMT+02:00

“I’ve been offended in the past, sexually harassed and I’ve had a stalker before,” wrote Friedrich on Saturday on her Facebook page, where she posted the name and email address of the man who sent her a photo of his genitals in an email.

“It’s time to act, it’s time to defend myself. And that’s what I’m doing. No more and no less,” wrote the 28-year-old German high-jump record holder from Frankfurt.

Friedrich, who is currently preparing for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, said she is planning to bring charges against the man who sent her the indecent email.

Publishing the man’s name, email and home address was a big step, admitted Friedrich, who is a police officer by profession. Still, she said, it isn’t the first time she’s received a “brazen” email like that from a fan.

Going public, she said, was “a way of making clear that I am prepared to act.” The athelete received a large amount of encouragement from her fans on her Facebook page for her “brave” act.

Other users criticised the decision, comparing those who supported it to the Facebook bullies who had called for the lynching of a falsely accused suspect in the recent case of a murdered young girl.

Her manager and trainer Günter Eisinger has tried to play down the scandal and is concerned that the incident will negatively affect the athelete’s preparations for London 2012.

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“The issue has nothing to do with the public,” he said on Saturday. “We can do without any stress factors.”

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The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

16:45 April 22, 2012 by Bigfoot76
Noooo! I am busted!

Really if she confirmed all the info is actually correct, she should post it to get him to back off.

People often "borrow" other peoples information. As she is a police officer it is my assumption she verified it though before posting it.
16:23 April 23, 2012 by Joe Wutbürger
I thought pervert's and criminal's identities were protected by European Human Rights. I hope she put a black patch over his bits.
11:42 April 29, 2012 by Supermog
You hit the nail fair and square! The Human Rights Act is all too often the refuge of the scoundrel. We also need a property offender's register, especially as the majority of theft is committed by a small proportion of the population, but the rest of of us suffer. Likewise for the financial crooks and scammers.
02:38 April 30, 2012 by ron1amr
Why have a Facebook page where you are open to the public but more having a secure site. I do not go on any Facebook or anything like that. If I use msn or yahoo I only have people I know. If you open an html page and set up a web page this will be more appropriate. I wouldn't give my email details to someone I don't know so I don't get anyone showing me there personal parts. Simple.
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