Factors And Influence Of Stalking Essay

2098 Words Sep 28th, 2016 9 Pages
Factors Directly Attributed to Stalking Every day across the United States of America, there are individuals who purposely modify their daily routine to harass other individuals by following a specific person, making unwanted visits to places of work or residencies, or making threatening phone calls and sending text messages. When all this behavior is not desired by the receiver than stalking has taken place in some shape or form. “Stalking was first known as the crime of the nineties, but the prevalence of stalking in the United States continues to be a serious matter. Currently, there are 7.5 million victims of stalking in the United States each year” (Carter, 2016, p. 335). Stalking usually occurs with a man making unwanted advances or communication attempts with women; however women can also be guilty of stalking. The National Institute of Justice defines stalking as “A course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof that would cause a reasonable person fear.” According to the Justice Bureau’s National Crime Victimization Survey, the federal government, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories have enacted criminal laws to address stalking. Interestingly enough, with an estimated twenty-three percent of the United States population experiencing stalking annually, only thirty-nine percent of all…

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