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The Model Stalking Code Revisited  

Author:  Joan Zorza, J.D..

Source: Volume 02, Number 01, Summer 2009 , pp.49-54(6)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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Stalking involves a variety of behaviors including monitoring, following, threatening, and harassing victims, and as such, it can have a devastating effect on its victims. Unfortunately, new technology allows for cyberstalking and provides an even greater number of ways that perpetrators can stalk their victims. Stalkers can use the Internet, GPS, spycams, and e-mail to monitor their prey. The laws against stalking must be changed to reflect this reality of increased risk. For example, states should revise their laws to (a) emphasize early intervention in stalking cases to head off violence and/or sexual assault; (b) implement a reasonable-person instead of an actual-fear standard of fear; (c) expand prosecutorial powers to any jurisdiction where stalking occurs; and (d) include all forms of stalking (including cyberstalking) in one statute.


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