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
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
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) Office for Victims of Crime, the Supplemental Victimization Survey to the National Crime Victimization
- making unwanted phone calls;
- sending unsolicited or unwanted letters or e-mails;
- following or spying on the victim;
- showing up at a place where they had no reason to be;
- waiting at places for the victim;
- leaving unwanted items, presents, or flowers;
- posting information or spreading rumors about the victim on the internet, in a public place, or by word of mouth.
“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
1 “State Stalking Laws,” End Stalking In America, Inc. (esia.net), at http://www.esia.net/State_Stalking_Laws.htm (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
2 Psychological Harassment Information Association, at http://www.psychologicalharassment.com/intro.htm (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
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 (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).
5 USDOJ: Office on Violence Against Women: About Stalking, at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/aboutstalking.htm (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
6 “Dealing with stalkers,” TheSite.org, at http://www.thesite.org/homelawandmoney/law/victims/dealingwithstalkers (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
7 “Lori Drew Indicted in MySpace Suicide Case – Updated,” Wired.com, at http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/05/lori-drew-indic.html (retrieved: 25 March 2011).
“Stalking,” Wikipedia.org, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalking (retrieved: 9 June 2008).
Shelly K., “5 Signs of Abuse By Proxy Indirectly Caused By Him,” Yahoo Voices, 20 November 2010, at http://voices.yahoo.com/5-signs-abuse-proxy-indirectly-caused-him-7241702.html?cat=41 (retrieved: 20 April 2013).
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