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Standing Up to the Harassment

I used to joke that the sign that you’d made it in blogging was when the anonymous emails started coming.

When you know who is sending them, it stops being a joke, and starts to get a little scary.

I received two emails today from the comment form on a new site I have in the works, Everyday Love Stories. For those that haven’t checked it out yet, the site showcases ‘How We Met’ type stories from the average couple. I built this site for a variety of reasons, but mostly because the stories are all beautiful to read, and who doesn’t need something to smile about? I certainly do!

So imagine my shock then I get two comments to be moderated from that site that are not only personal in nature, but quite nasty. It took me a minute to look at the name and realize the ex’s brother had struck again, despite previous emails saying he would not be contacting me any more.

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I did an IP trace, which brought up this-

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Company name is blacked out, but the comments have now been traced back to where Mark works.

Clearly he missed the day in Stalker School where they discussed not doing this shit on company time.

I have for the most part previously ignored these messages from him, but I decided after him saying it would stop that this needed to be addressed immediately, and sent him this, which I also copied to the ex, his parents, and Mark’s wife(who for the record is a VERY nice woman and I am certain had no idea he was sending them, likely his parent’s didn’t either)-

I was told back in December these nasty, semi-anonymous emails that I had been getting for a nearly a year would stop. the ex has said he would talk to him, and Mark himself said it would stop. I just received two more today, so clearly that has not happened.

Mark, I have no idea what your obsession with me is about, but it needs to end, NOW. Your IP traced back to (company name removed) here in Mobile, and I have the screenshots to prove it.

I have no choice at that point but to contact your employer and ask they they step in, since this is being done on their time and their internet connection.

If there are any more incidents I will be forced to pursue criminal harassment charges.

I hope for the sake of your own well being you realize you have a serious problem and get some help for it. This divorce was filed 18 months ago and I am doing my best to move on with my own life. I wish you would too.

Stalking people this way is NOT healthy.
Sara

I then sent this to the company he works for. What, you thought it was an idle threat?

I am currently having a problem with one of your (company name removed) employees sending me nasty and harassing emails from your intranet. The two I received this morning came in at 9:26am and 9:27am as comments through a website form on one of the sites I run.

I am enclosing screenshots from the two emails, as well as a screenshot from the IP lookup which links that IP address to your company.
The person sending them is Mark (middle and last names removed), he is an employee of (company name removed) here in Mobile, AL and serves as the (long boring job title removed). I am currently going through a difficult custody battle with his brother, which is I suspect why he keeps sending these messages. I have previously attempted to address this matter with him when the messages were coming from his home internet, and he admitted to sending them, and claimed it would cease.

Clearly it did not stop, and it is now happening on your company time and via your internet.

I am copying Mr. (last name) in on this email so he is fully aware it has been brought to your attention.

I would like someone to please contact me and let me know when and how the company plans to deal with this, because I plan to pursue criminal harassment charges against him if there are any more incidents, and if the incidents continue to occur from the (company name removed) network, (company name removed) will then become involved as well.

If any further information is needed such as copies of the actual emails or the website used to trace the IP I will be more than happy to provide them.

Thank you so much in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Sara (full contact info)

I almost hated doing it, but this clearly isn’t going to stop unless I do something. I have sat back and taken all the mud that has been slung at me, feeling like I deserved it, because let’s face it, I did have an affair. I have never tried to play that down, or act like it didn’t happen.

I do however believe that after a solid 18 months of harassment, I have served my time. I have had to put up the written and verbal barrage of sheer shit that I have gotten from both the ex and Mark, and quite frankly I’m fucking DONE with it.

At some point they both need to get over it, grow up and move on.

I’m not taking this lying down any more.

Update to the New Moon Script Post

I posted a couple of days ago about the document I’d seen reported to be an early draft of the script for the upcoming New Moon movie due out in November. At the time I uploaded it I commented that I wasn’t sure if it was real or not, but asked readers to throw in their opinions.

Then I recieved my very first cease and desist letter.

Dennis L. Wilson

Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP

9720 Wilshire Blvd., Penthouse Suite

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Tel: (310) 248-3830

Fax: (310) 860-0363

May 6, 2009

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

sara@suburbanoblivion.com

Re: Unauthorized Distribution of Twilight Screenplay

http://www.suburbanoblivion.com

Dear Sir or Madam:

We are writing to you on behalf of our client, Summit Entertainment LLC (“Summit”). Summit is the exclusive owner of all rights in and to the screenplay for the unreleased motion picture currently entitled “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” including but not limited to all related copyrights (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Twilight Screenplay”). No one is authorized to reproduce, transmit, copy, or otherwise utilize the Twilight Screenplay without the express written permission of Summit.

Notwithstanding this, it has come to our attention that your website located at “http://www.suburbanoblivion.com,” is advertising, utilizing and/or engaging in the distribution of the Twilight Screenplay. More specifically the URL where the Twilight Screenplay is being offered and distributed is:

http://www.suburbanoblivion.com/2009/05/05/new-moon-script-leaked-see-for-yourself/

Summit has the good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by Summit, its agent or the law. Summit diligently enforces its rights in and to the Twilight Screenplay in all forms of media. Our client rightfully takes its responsibility for the protection of the Twilight Screenplay very seriously.

In accordance with DMCA, we request your assistance in the removal of infringements of the Twilight Screenplay from this website. We further declare under penalty of perjury that we are authorized to act on behalf of Summit and that the information in this letter is accurate.

Nothing contained in this letter constitutes an express or implied waiver of any rights, remedies, or defenses of Summit, all of which are expressly reserved.

Very truly yours,

/s/

Dennis L. Wilson

Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP

I actually expected the first notice of this sort would comefrom my ex’s lawyer considering he threatened to sue me over talking about his herpes on my blog.

It does confirm in my mind that the script is indeed real. And yes, it has been removed. (Sorry dear readers!) However if you don’t have it yet, a quick google search will likely turn up other sites still hosting it.