So today we are going to talk about the act of stalking, not talked about very often but is beginning to be a very well known subject in the U.S. And the CDC and other groups have taken the steps to investigate and find out the amounts of deaths and injuries among teens.
These acts go hand in hand with sexual abuse or sexual assault, dating violence and teen dating violence.
It is important for you to understand that sometimes stalking plays such a large role in most of these assaults. Many people do not know that there are Federal and State laws that can protect a person in these unfortunate situations.
- Harassing a victim through the Internet, including email, social networking sites, and other sites
- Damaging or threatening to damage a victim's property
- Making direct or indirect threats to harm the victim or the victim's children and family, friends, pets, and even co-workers
- Following or laying in wait for a victim at places victims tend to frequently visit, including home, school, or work
- Repeated, unwanted, intrusive, and frightening communications, by phone, mail, and/or email
Stalking may also involve or be defined as:
- Harassing or threatening tactics used by a perpetrator that is both unwanted and causes fear in the victim.
- Behavior ranges from overtly aggressive threats and actions, to repeated phone calls, letters, emails, texts or violent approaches.
- There are anti-stalking laws in place, both federal and state, designed to protect victims of stalkers
- Controlling behavior
- Not letting you hang out with your friends
- Calling, texting or emailing you frequently to find out where you are, who you're with, and what you're doing
- Telling you what to wear
- Having to be with you all the time
Jealousy over friendships and escalation of anger and violence
- But because of the false brothers brought in quietly, who sneaked in to spy upon our freedom which we have in union with Christ Jesus, that they might completely enslave us— to these we did not yield by way of submission, no, not for an hour, in order that the truth of the good news might continue with you. (Galatians 2:4,5)
- There are six things that Jehovah does hate; yes, seven are things detestable to his soul: lofty eyes, a false tongue, and hands that are shedding innocent blood, a heart fabricating hurtful schemes, feet that are in a hurry to run to badness, a false witness that launches forth lies, and anyone sending forth contentions among brothers.(Proverbs 6: 16-19)