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  • Summary

  • Please note: this series contains contains adult themes, strong language and scenes which some people may find upsetting. Listener discretion is advised.

    One woman’s fiercely vivid account of being stalked, an 'invisible violence' that poisons her life. 

    When X sees Lily on stage, he begins an imaginary affair of 13 years, and counting. He’s crossed oceans, posed as her colleague. He even bought a suit for their 'wedding'. But they’ve never met. 

    Dancer and film-maker Lily Baldwin takes us into her world – the insidious fear, legal challenges, survival techniques. This series asks what’s at stake when we’re seen. 

    We want followers but we don’t want to be followed. And, without obvious blood, how can we measure this invisible violence?

    A Ventureland production for Audible Originals.

    Useful resources if you or a friend/family member is being stalked:

    If you are in immediate danger or fear a threat of harm, call your national police emergency number.

    Lily advises: 'We started STOP STALKING US because there was not enough guidance on where and how to get help. This is what we want to change. While that change is happening, we are sharing the best advice available from experts, while acknowledging that not all options are available to everyone in an equitable way. This needs to change, too.

    If you are being stalked, we recommend you begin talking with law enforcement to create a log of evidence. Stalking laws and definitions differ from country to country and state to state, so local law enforcement can help you determine your next steps. For statistics to be accurate, we need stalking to be reported.

    We’re sharing below helpful resources for some regions with programs in operation.'

    GLOBAL:

    Stalking Risk Profile: Information about stalking laws and resources by country

    http://www.stalkingriskprofile.com/what-is-stalking/stalking-legislation/international-legislation

    Stop Stalkerware: Information about preventing digital spying or monitoring by country

    https://stopstalkerware.org/resources/

    UK:

    Report Stalker: The UK Government asks that people contact the police if being stalked https://www.gov.uk/report-stalker

    Aurora New Dawn: This is a feminist-led charity that ensures victims of stalking are protected, safe, and aware of their rights under the law https://www.aurorand.org.uk/

    Suzy Lamplugh Trust: Set up to reduce the risk of violence and aggression through campaigning, education and support. Free helpline: 0808 802 0300 https://www.suzylamplugh.org/pages/category/national-stalking-helpline

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Episodes
  • Mar 17 2022

    X spots Lily for the first time. Although she’s blissfully unaware of the danger to come, life as she knows it will never be the same again. 

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    33 mins
  • Mar 17 2022

    Bombarded by messages and packages from a mystery man who saw her dance on tour, Lily realises that her fan has become foe. And a threat to her livelihood, love, and life. 

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    35 mins
  • Mar 17 2022

    X’s threat level increases, forcing Lily to seek out legal protection while fighting to maintain control of her mind and body. 

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    44 mins

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Over-the-top Creative Writing Exercise

The premise is interesting and I want to hear how it plays out l, but I’ve suffered through 3 episodes now and the writer is just so over dramatic. It’s read like a creative writing piece from high school or poetry (but utterly awful).

I’d much prefer a straightforward account of what happened than this. Not sure if I care enough to slog through the rest of it.

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A must listen

Extraordinary, raw, painfully honest account of what it’s like to be stalked. The author’s courage and honesty in sharing her story, using words, sound, music and interviews makes a moving, compelling and eye opening listen.

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Courageous and inspired

This is a brilliant piece of work, so courageous and with some incredible writing that I'm already wanting to go back to and listen again for the quality of the insight here. I'm a performer who has been on tour for a lot of my life too and I've had problems of a much lesser degree but they become consuming and terrifying; Lily Baldwin has captured so much in this and shared it so well. I haven't yet heard all of it but I'm very grateful to her for putting herself out there and daring to speak up so very eloquently.

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Chilling but inspiring

Really interesting listen. Felt for Lily but glad she has told her story. 10/10

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Listen, Be Courageous, Help others!

This isn't easy to listen to. It makes us uncomfortable. We would rather bury our heads in the sand as if these things don't exist. Except they do, in alarming numbers. We bury our head in the sand until it happens to us and then we're in shock. How could this happen to me or someone I know. This stalkers exist because they have so much freedom. Don't live in fear, but live in awareness of your neighbour. The more we feel connected to love at any moment, the safer we feel. No one deserves to be stalked and no one invites it. Mental health issues are on the rise and we can't ignore these people. They need help and if they get help early on, many of these crimes will no exist. We create the world we live in, if there's something you don't like, change it. Be an ambassador of peace.

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Do you enjoy a 50 minute dramatic poem?

I got through about half of the first episode and had to stop it was just painfully descriptive, like a super dramatic poem. I want to know the story, but not in a way where the script is so far removed from the normal person. Script writer should apply for poet laureate or something.

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A brave expose of stalking

A brave expose of the suffering caused by stalkers and how the system lets them get away with destroying peoples lives.

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gripped, I tell you!

pod of year so far for me, eye-opening & bloody terrifying. made me think about stalking properly for the first time. the lack of control! being at mercy of somebody else's demons! sophisticated & gutsy account.

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I have had a stalker for eight years

This illustrates so many of my experiences - Trying to explain this to others is so difficult, Lilly manages to tell her story so well.

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Stalking must be criminalised worldwide

I admire Lily for her courage to speak up. Stalking and all of its components (intimidation, harassment, bullying and gaslighting) are destroying the victims/survivors’ lives. There are probably hundred of thousands victims across the globe. I listened to another podcast where one perpetrator had over 50 victims spanning over two decades. It must be criminalised asap, regardless of regions/jurisdictions and perpetrators mental status. The golden age of internet has given fertile ground for those crimes to humanity increase in numbers and severity. Lily has told her story brilliantly and transported us in her universe eloquently. I am grateful for her work and wish her a happy life.

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  • 02-04-22

ntense. Emotional. Poetic and Raw

Lily is an extraordinary storyteller. She masterfully sucks you into her deeply personal experience of being stalked with acoustically rich cinematic arcs and texture. So artfully crafted I found myself visualizing her world as if I were dreaming it, FEELING it as if I was living it. The immersive audioscape is so well done, I often turned my head to see here the voices or crow caws or horn honks were coming from. Such an important piece of work and hopefully incredibly cathartic to its creator.

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  • Kae See
  • 20-03-22

Get to the point already!

I didn’t get past the first 15 minutes. It’s like listening to bad poetry with sound effects. After I forwarded 4x and she still hadn’t gotten anywhere I gave up. Save yourself. Don’t be me.

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  • 18-03-22

Not my fave

l am intrigued by the story but the exhaustive and repeated descriptions of mundane things is frustrating. I don't care that her mom makes miso soup when she's not feeling great. Or that there is a rubber hose that sprays everywhere in her new 6th story walk-up.

There are tons of people that like this detail. I'm not going to mark this down because it didn't hit my buttons.

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  • Amanda Ray
  • 20-03-22

Validating and Transparent

Lily Baldwin speaks for so many of us and epitomizes the strength and grit these situations force someone to solidify and embody. Thank you.

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  • sharday
  • 18-03-22

True fear/control, true to ourselves, then we win

Fantastic read! This is a true to life story for many of us. words are shared, but their is so much is underneath. Keep this in mind as you listen. This unwanted Attention , this life intrusion a fearful life situation.It changes us from free, fun loving to captured by this unstable person. I always wanted to change places, me as the stalker teaching lessons. let them feel the fear like we did. My hat goes off to us strong women who come out of this stronger than ever!!! Abuse is also included in this podcast. waiting for Lily to combine stories of what we experienced, a book is in the future.

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  • Tiffany carlton
  • 22-03-22

Her Trama is Real

15 minutes and automatically she deserves a bad rating? If it's not for you, move on.

This is a podcast, or at least is ment to have that feel. I felt her trauma. I didn't realize the first episode was over until second episode had started, I got lost immediately. Her narrative is different, artistic... This was captivating and intriguing. And the short episodes help move the story too!

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  • Abby Martin
  • 21-03-22

Tedious Navel Gazing

This podcast doesn't tell a story - logically from beginning to end.

The narrator tries setting up scenes (amphitheater in France; San Fransisco), but doesn't stay there long enough for listeners to appreciate the full impact. It's like flipping from one chapter of a book to another and only sharing 1-2 paragraphs at a time.

The tone of this podcast is all over the place. What it's like to be a performer... Social media and the danger of sharing too much information. But, dropped between interviews with a security expert and the host's Mom. There isn't enough connective tissue to any of this to flow together.

Sis, I'm sorry, but I don't know who you from Adam. It's hard to care about someone when I don't know you.

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  • Anna
  • 25-05-22

Really good story but too many sound effects

I barely got through the first episode due to the constant sound effects and the self obsession of the narrator. However the narrator grew on me as the story went on. Strong women are always given a hard time in our society and if it wasn’t for her doggedness this story probably never would’ve been told. She’s been through a lot - geez! I wish that they didn’t add a sound effect at every single opportunity though! That part was ridiculous.

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  • swwich
  • 21-05-22

Couldn‘t make it past the first episode

Stalking is a real problem that is under-addressed by authorities everywhere. The stories of victims of stalking should really be told. But this story was horribly written, over produced. The atmosphere of dread is there but throughout the entire episode we are only given little crumbs of facts. I feel that facts are sacrificed for drama and suspense, to the great detriment and to a disservice of this important issue.

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  • Early Pond Home
  • 17-05-22

Not a fan of dramatic productions.

Story review: This is agood story but I felt the details of the event were skimmed over. The author does a great job of telling the audience how it effected her however the events of the stalker actually came through as minimalized. I am sure the stalker was egregious terrifing and on-going and nerve racking but nothing she told was beyond nuisance and made me wonder how interfering was the entire situation. So in summary I wish there were more details to suport the effect it had on her.

Also there are alot of statements and events that had nothing to do with the story such as the bedbugs. How did that tie in?

Production review: I am not a fan of dramatized productions, I prefer the story to be told not acted out. So I found the back ground noises annoying and distracting and had to pull my head phones on the screaming laughing bit in the Hollywood episode and I almost bailed on the whole story at this point but decided to push through.

Overall, the story was worth telling. I feel for the author, this experience messed her up and the legal systems failed her and needs to be changed. This is her story of how a stalking personally effected her. She told in a way that expressed her felling, fustration and style. Unfortunately, I am just not a fan of her style.

Best of luck to you Lilly. I hope this all comes out well for you.

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