A popular Twin Cities disc jockey who's stepping away from the microphone for awhile says she needs the break because she's coping with a stalker.
Mary Lucia reveals in a letter posted by The Current that she's been stalked for a year.
Lucia describes her life during that time as "...a series of restraining orders, seemingly endless calls to 911, the installation of security cameras at home, and police photo ID line-ups."
In her letter Lucia asks fans:
"Do you know what it's like to feel unsafe watching a band at First Avenue? To worry any time a stranger approaches you? To not be able to sleep or eat properly? That's what my past year has been like."
She writes that she's taking time off to deal with the issue and take care of herself but promises she'll return to The Current, the music service that Minnesota Public Radio started a decade ago.
Lucia was one of the original DJs MPR hired when it launched The Current and she'd been on the Twin Cities' airwaves for more than a decade before that.
The Star Tribune reports Lucia's afternoon-drive time slot will be filled by a rotation of other hosts during her open-ended absence.
The Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women estimates that as many as one-fourth of American women – and one in every 13 men – will be victimized by stalking in their lifetime.
Their tips for those being stalked include keeping a record or log of every contact with the stalker and saving all notes, emails, and texts to be shared with police.
Stalkers are more often acquainted with those they pursue, but Lucia says her case involves someone she does not know.
A disc jockey at a Long Island radio station who became an advocate for anti-stalking legislation told the New York Times that she had struggled with a stalker for more than a decade.
A few years ago a Florida woman pleaded no contest to stalking two DJs at a St. Petersburg radio station.