Fight Club was one of the most controversial and talked-about films of the 1990s. Some critics expressed concern that the film would incite copycat behavior, such as that seen after A Clockwork Orange debuted in Britain nearly three decades previously. Following Fight Club’s release, several fight clubs were reported to have started in the United States. — Wikipedia
State by state stalking laws may be found at the
The Psychological Harassment Information Association website writes:
Psychological Harassment is not a new phenomenon but it is one that is on the rise. Many victims of psychological harassment suffer from physical ailments, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, stress, fatigue, depressive states, burn outs, and in some cases suicide. Many are unable to continue working and suffer financial
According to the website Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance:
Millions of people across this country and the globe are being targeted for harassment in various forms by a growing number of harassment groups. Citizens are being watched, followed, monitored and tortured; their private lives invaded, ruined, and many kept in virtual isolation from friends and
“During a 12-month period, an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 and were victims of stalking,” reports the Bureau of Justice Statistics. “Stalking is defined as a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Office on Violence Against Women, the Stalking Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime defines stalking as “a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.”
Stalking can include:
- Repeated, unwanted unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications from the perpetrator by phone, mail, and/or email.
- Repeatedly leaving or sending victim unwanted items, presents, or flowers.
- Following or laying in wait for the victim at places such as home, school, work, or recreation place.
- Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victims, the victim’s children, relatives, friends, or pets.
- Damaging or threatening to damage the victim’s property
- Harassing victim through the internet.
- Posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
- Obtaining personal information about the victim by accessing public records, using internet search services, hiring private investigators, going through the victim’s garbage, following the victim, contacting victim’s friends, family work, or neighbors,
“Some of the SVS: Stalking Victimization in the United States Report findings include:
- During a 12 month period an estimated 3.4 million persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking.
- Females experienced 20 stalking victimizations per 1,000 females age 18 or older.
- The rate of stalking victimizations for males was approximately 7 per 1,000 males age 18 or older.
- Persons age 18 to 19 and 20 to 24 experienced the highest rates of stalking victimization.
- One in 7 victims reported they moved as a result of the stalking.
- Approximately 60% do not report victimization to the
“Any form of persistent harassment can bring fear into your life, from phone calls to unwanted visits and letters,” writes the website TheSite.org in “Dealing with stalkers,” a list of tactics to use if you think you’re being stalked:
- Get in touch with your local police: Don’t worry if there isn’t much to report – so long as you feel you’re personal safety is at risk then your complaint will be taken seriously – and the sooner you speak up the easier it’ll be for the cops to start building a case.
- Start a diary, and record every incident in detail. Also think in terms of evidence, and be sure to get hold of anything that may prove you’re being stalked – an answer machine tape with their voice on it, letters they may have sent, even video footage if you can – just don’t put yourself in danger to collect it.
- Inform friends, family and neighbours of the situation, so they can keep an eye out for you.
- Check your home security. Be sure that every door and window in your place has locks, and all keys are accounted for.
- Reconsider your daily routines: Try to vary your movements. The less predictable you are the harder it is for anyone to track you down.
- Avoid being alone: You’ll feel less vulnerable in company, while limiting the opportunity for weird and creepy people to make
Online harassment is also an increasing problem, from sending unwanted spam and other inappropriate contact, to impersonation, to gaining unlawful access to accounts. Social networks including Facebook and MySpace – where people often share personal information they wouldn’t dare communicate in person – are prime targets for predators and the topic of numerous television news segments. Cyberstalking made headlines in 2008 when a girl’s suicide resulted in federal charges for “accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress,” according to a press
R.B. Ross wrote in 2005:
Predatory Gangstalking is a criminal phenomenon referring to a group of loosely affiliated people who, in an organized and systematic manner, relentlessly invade all areas of an individual’s life on a continuing basis, as part of their lifestyle. While each individual gangstalker does his or her small part, what defines Predatory Gangstalking is the collective intent to do
The 1999 movie “Fight Club” depicts a Secret Society targeting individuals and businesses. The website GangStalking.ca presented an overview of David Lawson’s book, Terrorist [Vigilante] Stalking in America:
Gang stalking involves the use of multiple individuals to stalk, harass and taunt a victim, as well as to vandalize personal property. This can take place for many years, particularly since law enforcement and legislation have yet to catch up with the reality of organized stalking by
“Targetted Individuals” (or TIs) are typically atypical citizens. In addition to whistleblowers, multistalking victims include political activists, protesters, feminists, gays, lesbians, people with tolerant attitudes, people who are a little odd or eccentric, and anyone who questions authority, signs a petition, or sends letters to the editor of a newspaper.
To commemorate National Stalking Awareness Month in January 2010, the USDOJ presented a web forum on stalking in the workplace. Workplace mobbing is a growing problem in all sectors of business for a wide variety of reasons.
There has also been an apparent increase in industrial espionage. Gang stalking perpetrators or “perps” are quite effective at making people crazy, and causing a business leader to suffer a nervous breakdown could spell disaster for a company.
Another form of this Mind Control relates to cause stalkers who believe the TIs are degenerates needing to be driven out of the community. Beginning long ago with the racist Ku Klux Klan (KKK) targetting civic minded people, cause stalking in modern times has been reported by abortion providers, for example.
Gang stalking perps will also resort to a technique aptly named “street theater,” a ploy which the website Raven1.net describes:
“Street theater” is activity performed by persons complicit in the electronic weapons harassment, but are “skits”, as opposed to direct bodily attacks performed with the electronic harassment equipment. They are performed in such a way that the target, and ONLY the target, knows they are being harassed, but cannot convey to others that this is indeed harassment. Feelings of total hoplessness [sic] is one apparent purpose of these “skits”. Another apparent purpose of such “skits” is to discredit and isolate the target so that others will regard him or her as a “crank” and a “nut case” whent the target
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3 Freedom from Covert Harassment and Surveillance, at http://freedomfchs.com (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
4 Katrina Baum, Ph.D., Shannan Catalano, Ph.D., Michael Rand, “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” Embargoed for release to the public until Tuesday, January 13, January 2009, at 9:a00 a.m. EST, at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/stalking-victimization.pdf (retrieved: 6 January 2014).
4 Katrina Baum, Ph.D., Shannan Catalano, Ph.D., Michael Rand (Bureau of Justice Statistics), and Kristina Rose (National Institute of Justice), “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report, at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/docs/stalking-victimization.pdf (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
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