Stalking is a very serious, and all too common occurance. According to a study by the U.S. Dept. of Justice:
Cyberstalking is when an online incident spirals so out of control it gets to a point where a victim fears for his or her life or safety.
Until only recently, the word cyberstalking had not yet even been used. No one really knew what to call the act. Some called it online harassment, online abuse, or cyber-harassment. However, cyberstalking incidents are much more than two people simply arguing with each other or using foul language. In fact, there are incidents that go way beyond an annoyance and can escalate into terrifying situations for the victims.
As more and more incidents have became known, and more and more victims have reached out to law enforcement for help, all they received were either blank stares or they were told to turn off their computer. At the time, states did not have laws in place to protect the victims of cyberstalking, and their harassers kept up the harassment, which escalated sometimes to real-life stalking situations.
Law enforcement agencies now know that cyberstalking is a very real issue that needs to be dealt with, from local police departments to state police, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, among others. Many are asking their officers to learn how to use the Internet and work with online victim groups. Others are attending seminars on cyberstalking being held throughout the country in which officers can learn how to track down cyberstalkers and how to deal with their victims.
Now, numerous states have cyberstalking laws. There is also a federal cyberstalking law waiting for Senate approval, and several other states with laws pending.
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