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Netflix’s ‘Baby Reindeer’ shows how some stalking victims might not recognize or report the crime right away

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What do you picture when you think of stalking? Most people probably picture a man following around a woman who reports the behavior to police as soon as she realizes what’s happening.

But “Baby Reindeer,” a limited series on Netflix, offers a more nuanced look at stalking. The show, which is currently one of the most-watched series on the streaming service, follows a comedian in London who is stalked by a woman he meets at the pub where he works. It’s based on the writer, creator and star Richard Gadd’s experience with being stalked. 

In addition to subverting gender stereotypes, “Baby Reindeer” shows how difficult it can be to confront stalking, especially if the victim already has a history of trauma. In “Baby Reindeer,” Donny initially gives Martha the benefit of the doubt. He engages her when she comes into the pub where he works, takes her to coffee, and even accepts her friend request on Facebook after learning she’s been convicted of stalking in the past.

Read more at Northeastern Global News.

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