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Old 07-16-13, 12:01 AM   #1
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Anti-Stalking Awareness

Until I became the object of a stalker’s malignant attention, I was blissfully unaware of what a societal scourge stalking has become. Stalking is confined neither to the glitterati nor to the underclasses; anyone can end up in the cross-hairs of a stalker. Similarly, stalkers come from all socio-economic, educational and employment backgrounds. Commonly, a stalker is someone known to the victim, such as a former spouse, friend or co-worker. At the end of this post are some resources to share with potential stalking victims.

The key statistics are eye-opening:

6.6 million people are stalked per year in the U.S.
1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men have been stalked.
75% of stalking victims know their stalkers.
66% of female victims and 41% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner.

(Sources: www.victimsofcrime.org; http://www.janedoe.org/find_help/for...rs_of_stalking).

Stalking covers a wide behavioral spectrum: "Stalking behavior can range from very subtle behavior to extreme and outrageous acts that might sound unbelievable to those less familiar with stalking. A stalker might engage in only one form of stalking behavior while another might engage in a wide variety of different and unpredictable stalking behaviors." (Source: http://www.janedoe.org/find_help/for...rs_of_stalking).

The most common stalking behaviors are “unwanted phone calls or voice messages (66 percent), followed by spreading rumors (36 percent), following or spying on the victim (34 percent), and appearing at places frequented by the victim without having a reason for being there (31 percent).” (Source: http://www.ovc.gov/pubs/helpseries/H..._Stalking.html).

The legal definition of stalking depends on the jurisdiction. Under Pennsylvania law, the crime of stalking does not require either a physical or verbal threat and may consist of a stalker’s simply following another person:

Offense defined.--A person commits the crime of stalking when the person either:

(1) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly commits
acts toward another person, including following the person
without proper authority, under circumstances which
demonstrate either an intent to place such other person in
reasonable fear of bodily injury or to cause substantial
emotional distress to such other person; or

(2) engages in a course of conduct or repeatedly
communicates to another person under circumstances which
demonstrate or communicate either an intent to place such
other person in reasonable fear of bodily injury or to cause
substantial emotional distress to such other person. (18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2709.1 (2012)).

Although the explanation for a stalker’s behavior often is unknown to the victim, typical motivations include the following: "Some individuals use stalking as a way to try to re-establish a former intimate relationship or to feel connected to a person with whom they do not and/or cannot have a relationship." (Source: http://www.janedoe.org/find_help/for...rs_of_stalking).

Please share the following resources with your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers who may be stalking victims:

Stalking Resource Center
National Center for Victims of Crime
1-202-467-8700
www.ncvc.org/src

National Network to End Domestic Violence
Safety Net Project
1-202-543-5566
http://nnedv.org/projects/safetynet

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY 1-800-787-3224
www.thehotline.org

Directory of Crime Victim Services
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/findvictimservices

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Old 07-17-13, 10:10 AM   #2
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Wow, Good luck with that. Have to wonder what kind of person would do that kind of stuff. Very scary...be safe

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month

As mentioned in the first item in this thread, stalking awareness has become one of my pet projects. For the last ten years, January has been designated Stalking Awareness Month.

President Obama's 2014 Proclamation may be found here ==>
http://www.whitehouse. gov/the-press-office/2013/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-stalking-awareness-month-2014


The official National Stalking Awareness Month website is here ==>

http://stalkingawarenessmonth. org/about

Inasmuch as stalking and the related crime of harassment are epidemic, the odds are high that you know someone has been victimized by a stalker. Stalkers come from all socio-economic backgrounds, educational levels, geographic regions and neighborhoods, and no one is immune. A stalker can be a spurned lover, a misanthropic neighbor or a former long-time friend.

Please do lend a sympathetic ear to a stalking victim but do not heavily press him/her for an explanation of stalker's motivation. Even if the victim does not know why the stalker is engaging in the behavior, s/he is legally entitled to be free of the stalker's malignant attention, which includes a wide array of behaviors from tailing the victim to FaceBook threats/plots to malicious gossip to prank emails and calls. The police can be a great support to a victim, who may derive some comfort in knowing that there is a record of the stalker's bad behavior even if the stalker ultimately is not prosecuted. And should you know both the victim and the stalker, listen carefully when the stalker recounts tales of how s/he happened to be in the same place as the victim and that the victim fled the scene. What you are really hearing is bragging. In my case, the stalker repeatedly appeared at my train station---after years of exclusively using another stop---would follow me around the train platform and into the train car and then sit in close proximity to me. Was it really a surprise that I would remove myself from a threatening situation? The stalker, however, announced to third-parties that I had "stomped off" the train in an effort to malign me. Of course this person would never confess that they had been following me. Stalkers can be masterful manipulators and artful liars. Skilled law enforcement personnel are familiar with these traits, and in my case for instance, the LM police predicted with 100% accuracy the untruths that the stalker would utter when questioned.

Finally, some additional resources for victims of cyber-stalking or -harassment may be found at the Internet Crime Complaint Center
http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx and http://www.justice.gov/criminal/cybe...reporting.html



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It's National Anti-Stalking Awareness Month

You never know when you are going to run into someone who has been in the cross-hairs of a stalker or have the great misfortune of knowing someone who is a stalker (or harasser). The information below is from www.stalkingawarenessmonth.org, which offers resources to stalking victims.

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 7.5 million victims in one year.

The theme—“Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.”—challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states, the U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact. In one of five cases, stalkers use weapons to harm or threaten victims, and stalking is one of the significant risk factors for femicide (homicide of women) in abusive relationships. Victims suffer anxiety, social dysfunction, and severe depression at much higher rates than the general population, and many lose time from work or have to move as a result of their victimization.

Stalking is difficult to recognize, investigate, and prosecute. Unlike other crimes, stalking is not a single, easily identifiable crime but a series of acts, a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause that person fear. Stalking may take many forms, such as assaults, threats, vandalism, burglary, or animal abuse, as well as unwanted cards, calls, gifts, or visits. One in four victims reports that the stalker uses technology, such as computers, global positioning system devices, or hidden cameras, to track the victim’s daily activities. Stalkers fit no standard psychological profile, and many stalkers follow their victims from one jurisdiction to another, making it difficult for authorities to investigate and prosecute their crimes.

Communities that understand stalking, however, can support victims and combat the crime.

For additional resources to help promote National Stalking Awareness Month, please visit http://stalkingawarenessmonth.org and www.ovw.usdoj.gov.


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