No one ever says they want to grow up and become a stalker. But Tucsonan Todd Greene got slammed with the title – and the fallout it brings – for doing nothing other than befriending a woman who was hanging around his family’s horse boarding facilities.
Although the perky blond horse owner started out as a boarding client and friend, she ended up slapping Greene with a harassment injunction, one of those pieces of paper in the same family as restraining orders and orders of protection that are meant to keep victims safe.
These orders get attention for being ineffective, a piece of paper that cannot stop a bullet or knife, but they don’t get as much airplay for the way they are abused.
People filing the orders can in some instances all too easily concoct stories and receive an order of protection without any substantial evidence to back up the need for one. In some cases they can feasibly label someone a stalker or abuser – and merrily file an order that becomes a black mark on public record – on a veritable whim.
Such a whim can disrupt, unravel or downright ruin a life. “Publishing children’s humor had been my dream,” Greene writes in his newly-released blog restrainingorderabuse.com that speaks out against restraining order abuse. “Now…I’m not confident I could qualify for a job as an elementary school librarian without administrators feeling uneasy.”