Athlete exposes alleged dirty e-mailer on Facebook

German high jumper Ariane Friedrich, a police officer, allegedly receives images of a stalker's genitals via e-mail. She posts his name, hometown, and parts of his alleged e-mail on her Facebook account.

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Public figures are often subject to approaches from the unwelcome.

German Olympic high jumper, Ariane Friedrich, seems no different. However, her approach toward a man who allegedly e-mailed her pictures of his genitalia is certainly somewhat novel.

For she took to her Facebook page and posted his name, details of his hometown, and excerpts from his missives.

MSNBC reports that she accompanied the post with the message: "It's time to act, it's time to defend myself. And that's what I'm doing. No more and no less."

Friedrich knows a little about defending herself. She's a police officer. Some might wonder, though -- even if she may have acted heroically -- whether her actions might also have unintended consequences.

What if the alleged e-mailer gave a name that wasn't his, for example? Friedrich reportedly filed a police complaint against the man, but no more details are available as to whether he has been spoken to or apprehended.

The Daily Mail reported that she also posted that she doesn't believe that just because she's famous she should allow herself to be the passive object of people who "attack, insult, or sexually harass."

Agence France-Presse reported that she added: "I've been offended in the past, sexually harassed and I've had a stalker before."

Because of its sheer ubiquity, Facebook has now become the venue for seemingly every action and every reaction. Only last week, an Australian man was sentenced to six months for posting nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend on his Facebook page.

Clearly Friedrich must have felt confident enough of her information to blast it over the public airwaves offered by Facebook. One wonders, though, whether her actions will deter any other would-be cyber-stalkers or merely encourage them.

 

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