This past August the CPRC co-sponsored and organized a conference for Students for Concealed Carry. The first speaker was Taylor Woolrich. Her story is continuing to make a difference in explaining to people why it is important that stalking victims have the right to be able to defend themselves. From the BBC:
She’s fighting for the right to carry a weapon on campus, for a very personal reason.
For years she’s been stalked by a man she first came into contact with while waitressing at a cafe.
He would turn up to see her every day and began to track her down outside work. An emergency restraining order failed to deter him.
Things became even more terrifying when she moved across the country to study at Dartmouth college in New Hampshire.
“It wasn’t even on my mind, and then he contacted me via LinkedIn and used social media to continue to contact me – sent me various very frightening messages, making it very specific he knew where I was,” she says.
One summer, when she went home to California, he turned up at her parents’ doorstep. She says police found what they call a “rape kit” – rope tied as a slip-noose, gloves, duct-tape, flash light, and a sweatshirt – inside his car.
Taylor’s stalker is currently in jail. His sentence will soon be up. . . .
The rest of the piece is available here.