Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

Instagram creep threatens to rape young woman over her outfit in sick message

A woman in Scotland has been left horrified after a man she met online and agreed to go on a date with threatened to rape her due to her outfit.

Becca McFarlane, 27, was left in tears after receiving the vile message from a man she described as "nice at first".

The 27-year-old from Dumbarton had exchanged messages with the man on Instagram on several occasions, the Daily Record reports.

He went on to tell her if she came near him wearing the outfit she had on in her latest post, he would rape her.

In the sickening message, he wrote: "I've thought about you when w****** lol put it this way see if you came anywhere near me with that outfit you wore with the skirt and stockings you'd be getting raped."

Becca said: "It made me burst out crying and I was incredibly anxious for the rest of the day. I don’t understand, even thinking it is disgusting, never mind typing it out and pressing send.

"We had chatted a few times and he seemed nice at first. He asked if I would be up for getting a drink with him sometime, I said yes and he followed with those messages.

"I can only count myself as 'lucky' that he said that before I actually met him."

Shaken Becca blocked the creep on social media and reported the messages to the police.

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She says the incident has left her extremely anxious to meet men online in the future.

"I’m definitely more scared to meet men online. This has given me a fright," she added.

"I don’t deserve to be threatened with sexual violence for the way I dress. I think it’s absolutely abhorrent men think they can speak to a woman like that."

Becca says she is lucky the man showed his true colours before she went to meet him in person and is urging other women to come forward and report similar incidents.

She added: "In today’s society, men think they can say whatever they want behind a phone screen. I doubt he would have said it to my face.

"With the recent spikings in Scottish venues, I would encourage women to come forward and report these things. It's definitely worth it."

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: "Officers are investigating a report of threatening communications via social media which was reported to police in Dumbarton on Monday, November 1, 2021."

If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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